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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)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Jimmy McHugh and Pete Rugolo, the composers for the U.S. version of the film, teamed with Steve Allen to write a novelty song called "Jack the Ripper" as a promotional item for the film. The song was performed by Nino Tempo on a RCA 45 rpm single (#47-7694). See more »

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Sir David Rogers: Mary Clarke. Are you Mary Clarke? Where can I find Mary Clarke?
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The director's cut shown in continental Europe, running at 88 minutes, includes: a changing room scene with several girls having their breasts exposed; Maggie (Dorinda Stevens) and Hazel (Jane Taylor) join two gentlemen in a private room, then one of these spills champagne over Maggie's dress, and she exposes her breast to clean the dress; Hazel is accosted by the Ripper in an alleyway, her breast is shown, and later there is a shot of her topless corpse; close-up shots of knives and victims faces during the murder scenes. See more »

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12 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Jack the Ripper (1959)

** (out of 4)

Atmospheric and moody version of the infamous serial killer. This isn't quite as good as the version with Klaus Kinski but it remained entertaining throughout. The director does a great job building up the atmosphere of 1888 London but for some strange reason he never pushes the "mystery" surrounding the case. He throws a lot of suspects at us but for some reason he never tries to build up a mystery film as to who the killer is. There's a big twist at the end, which makes one think the film is going to do something with it but it never does. I'm not exactly sure what the filmmakers were going for but the movie still works.


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