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Jack the Ripper (1959)

A serial killer is murdering women in the Whitechapel district of London. An American policeman is brought in to help Scotland Yard solve the case.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Patterson ... Sam Lowry
Eddie Byrne ... Inspt. O'Neill
Betty McDowall ... Anne Ford
Ewen Solon ... Sir David Rogers
John Le Mesurier ... Dr. Tranter
George Rose ... Clarke
Philip Leaver Philip Leaver ... Music Hall Manager / O'Reilly
Barbara Burke Barbara Burke ... Kitty Knowles
Anne Sharp ... Helen Morris
Denis Shaw ... Simes
Endre Muller Endre Muller ... Louis Benz
Esma Cannon ... Nelly the Woman at Police Station
George Woodbridge ... Blake
Bill Shine ... Lord Tom Sopwith
Marianne Stone ... Drunken Woman
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Storyline

In 1888, Jack the Ripper is on his killing spree. Scotland Yard Inspector O'Neill is pleased to welcome to London his old friend Sam Lowry, a New York City detective who has come to visit him and is only too happy to help out with the case. Sam becomes attracted to Anne Ford, a modern woman for the age, but her guardian, Dr. Tranter doesn't quite approve. The good doctor also seems to be out when the Ripper murders occur. As the population edge ever loser to taking the law into their own hands, the police slowly close in the killer. Written by garykmcd

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UK

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English | French

Release Date:

1960 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Joseph E. Levine held a luncheon for major distributors to kick off the campaign for his U.S. release of this film. For this event, he borrowed $1 million in cash which was brought into the room with a cadre of Brinks guards. The cash was to demonstrate to the exhibitors how much he was going to spend in the U.S. to promote the film. See more »

Quotes

Inspector O'Neill: Well, see for yourself. Look at this street. Before this ripper business started, you could hardly move along here. Stalls, barrel organs, people spilling out of the pubs, it was a happy place. Not particularly moral, but happy.
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Alternate Versions

There is a b&w TV broadcast with Spanish subtitles, cut to 81 minutes. See more »

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Referenced in Aroused (1966) See more »

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underrated film worth a look for JTR interest
17 June 2012 | by ianmercer54See all my reviews

Considering an obviously small budget this film is well written and has an authentic "foggy Victorian look" about it,aided by a complimentary Stanley Black score.It's real merit is the fine character performances especially Euan Solon as a very autocratic hospital surgeon and it is also interesting to see John Le Mesurier far removed from his mild mannered Sargeant Wilson of Dad's Army.The East End/Whitechapel appears to be inhabited by an array of unsavoury characters from music hall impresarios,run of the mill pickpockets and aggressive vigilante thugs.

Still,the plot unwinds at a reasonable pace and the Lee Patterson/Betty McDowell romance doesn't interfere too much with the grizzly goings on in the streets.The final unmasking of Jack is quite unsettling in its brutality,but all the loose ends are nicely tied up with the realisation that due to circumstance(i.e. Jack the Ripper is killed) the true identity of the killer will always be known to the police but not the public.

Well worth a look if you like this genre of film.


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