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Hands of the Ripper (1971)

R | | Horror | 13 July 1972 (USA)
As a young child Jack the Ripper's daughter witnesses him kill her mother. As a young woman she carries on the murderous reign of her father. A psychiatrist tries to cure her with tragic consequences.


Peter Sasdy


Lewis Davidson (screenplay) (as L.W. Davidson), Edward Spencer Shew (from an original story by)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Porter ... Pritchard
Angharad Rees ... Anna
Jane Merrow ... Laura
Keith Bell ... Michael
Derek Godfrey Derek Godfrey ... Dysart
Dora Bryan ... Mrs Golding
Marjorie Rhodes Marjorie Rhodes ... Mrs Bryant
Lynda Baron Lynda Baron ... Long Liz
Marjie Lawrence ... Dolly
Norman Bird ... Police Inspector
Margaret Rawlings ... Madame Bullard
Elizabeth MacLennan Elizabeth MacLennan ... Mrs. Wilson
Barry Lowe Barry Lowe ... Mr Wilson
A.J. Brown A.J. Brown ... Rev Anderson
April Wilding April Wilding ... Catherine


The infant daughter of Jack the Ripper is witness to the brutal murder of her mother by her father. Fifteen years later she is a troubled young woman who is seemingly possessed by the spirit of her father. While in a trance she continues his murderous killing spree but has no recollection of the events afterwards. A sympathetic psychiatrist takes her in and is convinced he can cure her condition. Soon, however, he regrets his decision. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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Body count 7. See more »


A wounded Pritchard (Eric Porter) is in a hansom cab with Michael (Keith Bell) on their way to St Pauls Cathedral. In all the shots Pritchard is sat on the right and Michael on the left until the last shot when there positions have been reversed. See more »


Dysart: Damn it Pritchard you've got a possessed being in your home, as savage as any wild beast.
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to remove a closeup of a hat-pin in a woman's eye. The cut was restored in the 1986 video and in all later releases. See more »


Agnus Dei (from 'Requiem')
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
[heard during the climactic 'Whispering Gallery' scene]
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the things to notice
21 June 2014 | by samhill5215See all my reviews

TCM just aired this and like all the other Hammer films I enjoyed it a great deal. They're not cinematic achievements but they are fun and that's one of film's aspects I really appreciate. I also tend to look at technical aspects and the first thing that struck me is how fake the moustaches looked. The beards looked better but now I wonder. The second, I'm embarrassed to write, was Marjie Lawrence's cleavage which may not be how she would like to be remembered given her extensive body of work. Did they really dress like that in Victorian England? I'd also never seen Angharad Rees before nor had I even heard of her but then I found out this was her first co-starring and second film role and I was intrigued. And, incidentally, that's another thing I like about Hammer: they find and highlight young talent. Anyway lots of good talent here, a lot from TV, presumably because they come cheaper. Some goofs like when Rees begins to sit while her host invites her to do so. But I'm getting technical again. Eric Porter is great. He manages to save the day even skewered by a cavalry sabre. Which brings up another goof: the thing must be five feet long but you can't see the other end sticking out of Porter's body. Good final scene, good score, worth a viewing.

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording) (uncredited)


Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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