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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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Country:

UK

Language:

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

Although the film was made by Mid Century Film Productions Ltd., of Great Britain, the ending credits of the U.S. version claims it was an "Embassy Pictures Production." 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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Referenced in Aroused (1966) See more »

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10 October 2015 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

The serial killer known as Jack the Ripper is loose in London, 1888. As the police frantically search for the maniac through the East End smog, a whole bunch of suspects hone into view...

Murder by person or persons unknown.

Surprisingly little known, this Jack the Ripper picture belies its obvious budget limitations to produce an atmospheric and suspenseful piece. This is not in any way an accurate account of the actual story, so interested newcomers should be aware of that fact. It is basically an interpretation of Jolly Jack, a serial killer mystery to be solved.

There's plenty of cobbled streets and smog, dim gas lamps, top hats, tails and medical bags et al. The more severe parts of the story come with tilted camera perception, and the narrative embraces ladies of the night workings and vigilante justice. Which all builds to an absolute beaut of a finale.

Well worth a look by fans of Ripper period fare. 7/10


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