The Veil: Season 1, Episode 10

Jack the Ripper (1958)

TV Episode  |   |  Horror
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 36 users  
Reviews: 6 user | 1 critic

A clairvoyant, in dreams and visions, sees a series of grisly murders in London's Whitechapel district. But his knowledge of the details of the crimes makes him a suspect in the eyes of the police.

Director:

Writers:

(creator), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 48 titles
created 05 Nov 2010
 
a list of 7663 titles
created 18 Apr 2012
 
a list of 832 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Jack the Ripper" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Jack the Ripper (1958)

Jack the Ripper (1958) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Veil.
« Previous Episode | 10 of 11 Episodes | Next Episode »
Edit

Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
...
Himself - Host
Niall MacGinnis ...
Walter Durst
Dorothy Alison ...
Judith Durst
...
Constable
Mae Bacon ...
Fat Woman (as Mai Bacon)
Clifford Evans ...
Chief Inspector McWilliam
Robert Brooks Turner ...
Warden
Nora Swinburne ...
Mrs. Myra Willowden
Charles Carson ...
Dr. Hatherley
Edit

Storyline

A clairvoyant, in dreams and visions, sees a series of grisly murders in London's Whitechapel district. But his knowledge of the details of the crimes makes him a suspect in the eyes of the police.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Horror

Edit

Details

Language:

Release Date:

1958 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)| (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This is the only episode of the 11 which does not feature Boris Karloff in a character role, and the only one to be shot in England rather than Hollywood (it was picked up by Hal Roach Studios in order to save on production costs). Karloff's introduction was filmed in Hollywood and added later. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Episode #10 in the unsold series starring Boris Karloff.
21 January 2009 | by (Ohio, USA) – See all my reviews

Professional clairvoyant Walter Durst (Niall MacGinnis, remembered by us horror fans for his great role in the classic British chiller NIGHT OF THE DEMON, filmed a year earlier) dreams of Jack the Ripper's Whitechapel prostitute murders a few hours before they occur. His wife Judith (Dorothy Alison) encourages him to go to the police because they could use the publicity for their business. Because of a bunch of phony psychics that show up at around the same time, Scotland Yard detectives (led by Clifford Evans as Inspector McWilliams) don't initially believe him until he's able to give non-published details about one of the crimes. Feeling he could only know what he does because he's actually responsible, they promptly lock him up, but another murder occurs while he's behind bars. He's then freed and the detectives enlist his aid in trying to capture the killer. Though the whole Jack the Ripper story has been filmed dozens of times for both TV and the big screen, the addition of the clairvoyant aspect, as well as the performance from MacGinnis, provide some additional interest for this particular adaptation.

Unlike the other nine episodes, this was NOT filmed especially for "The Veil," though it does fit in well with the others since the series is made up of tales supposedly based on actual occurrences and containing some element of the supernatural. It was made in England by director David MacDonald (DEVIL GIRL FROM MARS, ALIAS JOHN PRESTON) and was picked up for distribution in the U.S. by Hal Roach Studios, who included it as the tenth and final episode of this unsold series. I'm not really sure of this short film's origins, which runs less than 20 minutes minus the book-marking Karloff footage. Perhaps it was made for British TV, or could have easily been an unfinished feature-length project at one point. Unlike the others, where Karloff played both host and an additional role in each episode, Boris only appears as host here, providing his usual intro ("Good evening. Tonight I'm going to tell you another strange and unusual story on the unexplainable, from behind The Veil."), as well as an intermission and a closing. However, the presence of MacGinnis compensates for Karloff's absence.

"Jack the Ripper" was combined with "Food on the Table" (with Russ Bender), "Summer Heat" (with Whit Bissell) and "Genesis" (with Morris Ankrum) to play late night TV as an anthology feature under the title JACK THE RIPPER.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
My Odd Anthology List thegalaxybeing
Can anyone please help me find this episode??? spiralstar83
what show is this episode from? cthulhu05
Just bought a Complete Series Set thegalaxybeing
"Whatever Happened to Peggy?" jeberkin
Discuss Jack the Ripper (1958) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?