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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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... Sam Lowry
... Inspt. O'Neill
... Anne Ford
... Sir David Rogers
... Dr. Tranter
George Rose ... Clarke
Philip Leaver ... Music Hall Manager / O'Reilly
Barbara Burke ... Kitty Knowles
... Helen Morris
Denis Shaw ... Simes
Endre Muller ... Louis Benz
... Nelly the Woman at Police Station
... Blake
... Lord Tom Sopwith
... Drunken Woman
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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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Unlike his other negative pick-ups, Joseph E. Levine did not have to dub this film into English for the U.S. release. He did replace the original Stanley Black score with a more dynamic score by Jimmy McHugh and Pete Rugolo. 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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Be afraid Jack, the cowboy has arrived!
9 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

Every once in a while one finds a film that is mostly mediocre but has one redeeming feature.

The bright spot of Jack the Ripper is it's beautiful lightning. Some B&W films are just gray when to me the beauty of it is in the strong contrast between light and shadow.

All in all this is a very easy film to like. It is beautifully naive in it's portrayal of it's sex murder topic yet at the same time it succeeds in making a powerful point about lynching mob attitude.

The characters are rather predictable and bland with one exception: the young American policeman visiting London. With his accent and idealism displayed under a greasy fifties Buddy Holly hairstyle (remember that this is a period piece set in the 19th century)he brings a nice cowboy twist to the legend of Jack the Ripper.


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