The adventures and the exploits of notorious English thief and prison-breaker Jack Sheppard in 1720s London.


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Credited cast:
The Lord Chancellor
Dudley Foster ...
Lady Darlington
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Byrne ...
Rev. Wagstaff
Naval Officer
Michael Douglas ...
Roy Evans ...
Mr. Hind
Howard Goorney ...
John Hallam ...
The Captain
Dafydd Havard ...


Based on the adventures of Jack Sheppard, the thief and jail-breaker who became a folk hero in 1720s London. Jack is working as an apprentice to a clockmaker when his brother Tom is sentenced to be hanged for theft. To save Tom (who has a wife and children) he goes for help to the brutal 'Thief-taker General' Jonathan Wild. Wild mediates between the government and the criminal underworld, fencing stolen goods and delivering thieves who don't pay him tribute over to the authorities. He assigns Jack a robbery in return for saving Tom from the gallows, but when Jack learns that Tom is instead to be 'transported' to the colonies for a life of hard labour he refuses to cut Wild in on the proceeds. An angry Wild has Jack thrown in Newgate prison, from which he escapes, forming his own criminal outfit with another of Wild's disgruntled associates, Joseph 'Blueskin' Blake. Determined to crush this affront to his authority, Wild uses Jack's mistress Bess to trap him and has him jailed again. ... Written by Peter Brynmor Roberts

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Release Date:

May 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dov'è Jack?  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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This uses many of the same locations as John Huston ' s " Sinful Davy " which was filmed in Ireland around this time. See more »


King George I was referred to only as King George during his lifetime. It was not until George II took the throne that his father was known as George I. See more »


Daring At Darlington
Written by Elmer Bernstein
Sung by Danny Doyle
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True to real life
16 September 2005 | by (England) – See all my reviews

When commenting on this film, one must realise that it is based on a true story, and must therefore be reviewed for the quality and accuracy of it's portrayal of the events, as well as its entertainment value. It may well be implausible that Jack Shepherd should surrender twice to Jack Wild because Wild had captured Edgeworth Bess. None the less, it happened. It must also be noted that the director was young and inexperienced, which explains why he relied upon tried and tested techniques. There were occasions when Clavell did not have the confidence to follow the script as written. The film would be better if he had. And yes, I used to have a copy of the script (Stanley Baker's copy - one of five), which I returned recently to my father, Rafe Newhouse, the writer.

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