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Sherlock Holmes investigates the murders commited by Jack the Ripper and discovers a conspiracy to protect the killer.

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Sherlock Holmes
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Dr. John H. Watson
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Inspector Foxborough
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Mary Kelly
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Sir Charles Warren
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Prime Minister Lord Salisbury
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Inspector Lestrade
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Robert Lees
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Annie Crook
Chris Wiggins ...
Doctor Hardy
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Mrs. Lees (as Teddi Moore)
Peter Jonfield ...
William Slade
Roy Lansford ...
Sir Thomas Spivey
Catherine Kessler ...
Carrie
Ron Pember ...
Makins
June Brown ...
Anne Chapman
Ken Jones ...
Dock Guard
Terry Duggan ...
Danny
Hilary Sesta ...
Catherine Eddowes
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Lanier
Betty Woolfe ...
Mrs. Dobson
Iris Fry ...
Elizabeth Stride
Geoffrey Russell ...
Home Secretary Henry Matthews
Peggy Ann Clifford ...
Lees' Housekeeper
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Jane
Katherine Stark ...
Molly
Elaine Ives-Cameron ...
Ellen (as Elaine Ives Cameron)
Stella Courtney ...
Betty
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Emily
Roy Pattison ...
Carroll
Victor Langley ...
Prince of Wales
Pamela Abbott ...
Princess Alexandra
Robin Marchal ...
Duke of Clarence
Richard Pescud ...
Doctor (as Richard Pescuid)
Pat Brackenbury ...
Nurse
Dan Long ...
Constable Long
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Constable Watkins
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Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Peter Dean ...
Police Constable (uncredited)
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Distinguished gentleman (uncredited)
Jim McManus ...
Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by

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Bob Clark

Written by

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Arthur Conan Doyle ... (characters)
 
John Hopkins ... (screenplay)
 
Elwyn Jones ... (co-author) (book "The Ripper File")
 
Stephen Knight ... (book: "Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution")
 
John Lloyd ... (co-author) (book "The Ripper File")

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Bob Clark ... producer
René Dupont ... producer
Robert A. Goldston ... producer
Len Herberman ... executive producer

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Paul Zaza
Carl Zittrer

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Reginald H. Morris

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Stan Cole

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Ian McBride ... assistant editor

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Karen Hazzard
Irene Lamb

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Harry Pottle

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Peter Childs

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Denise Exshaw

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Judy Moorcroft

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Colin Jamison ... chief hairdresser
Peter Robb-King ... makeup artist
Jane Royle ... makeup artist
Jan Jamison ... assistant hairdresser (uncredited)

Production Management

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Peter Davis ... production manager: UK
Ted Rouse ... production manager: Canada

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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John Dodds ... third assistant director
Ariel Levy ... assistant director
Ken Roch ... second assistant director
Guy Travers ... second assistant director

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Percy Godbold ... production buyer
Jock Kay ... scenic artist
Adrian Start ... art stand-by
Andy Andrews ... property master (uncredited)
Ken Pattenden ... construction manager (uncredited)

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David Appleby ... re-recording mixer (as Dave Appleby)
Ron Butcher ... sound maintenance
Dennis Drummond ... sound editor
Patrick Drummond ... sound editor
Wayne Griffin ... sound editor
Joe Grimaldi ... re-recording mixer
Kenneth Heeley-Ray ... supervising sound editor (as Ken Heeley Ray)
John W. Mitchell ... sound recordist (as John Mitchell)
Don White ... foley recording mixer
Keith Pamplin ... boom operator (uncredited)

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Michael Albrechtsen ... special effects

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Cliff Culley ... visual effects supervisor

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Richard Blanshard ... still photographer
Maurice Gillett ... gaffer
Michael J. Jacobs ... special unit photographer
Ray Meehan ... best boy
Jimmy Turrell ... camera operator (as James Turrell)
Graham Attwood ... still photographer (uncredited)
David Wynn-Jones ... focus puller (uncredited)

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Ron Beck ... wardrobe supervisor
Janet Tebrooke ... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)

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Frank Morrone ... music engineer

Script and Continuity Department

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Marjorie Lavelly ... continuity

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Howard Pugh ... driver: cast

Additional Crew

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Andy Birmingham ... production accountant
Marilyn Clarke ... production coordinator
S.C. Dacy ... publicist
Robert A. Goldston ... presenter
Bob Halliday ... police liaison
John William Ault ... film extra (uncredited)
Lynda Levy ... unit publicist (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

Sherlock Holmes investigates London's most infamous case, Jack the Ripper. As he investigates, he finds that the Ripper has friends in high places. Written by John Vogel

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Taglines Sherlock Holmes unveils the secrecy of Jack the Ripper - clue by clue - murder by murder. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Meurtre par décret (Canada, French title)
  • Sherlock Holmes and Saucy Jack (United States)
  • Meurtre par décret (France)
  • Mord an der Themse (Germany)
  • Asesinato por decreto (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 124 min
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Budget CAD5,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia One of the last actors cast was James Mason. Director Bob Clark had to travel to Spain, where Mason was shooting another movie, to meet with him. Mason agreed to play Watson if he could make him a serious character, not the "silly ass" buffoon character which was the rule. Mason re-wrote two scenes, including the famous "pea scene". See more »
Goofs The Jack the Ripper murders took place in 1888, and yet we can see Tower Bridge which was not opened before 1894. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Hair/Murder By Decree/A Perfect Couple/The Champ/Buck Rogers in the 25th Century/Love at First Bite/In Search of Dracula (1979). See more »
Soundtracks God Save the Queen See more »
Quotes Sherlock Holmes: [to Lestrade] When people are frightened, they turn to God, and when they have no help from him, they look to the Devil.
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