Henry Jekyll is a troubled man. His wife died of pneumonia. He wants his sister-in-law, but her father forbids any contact. And his experiments into the dual nature of man have yielded a ... See full summary »
A serial killer walks the streets of Whitechapel, London, attacking and killing women, which later came to be known as the 'Whitechapel murders' stretching from 3 April 1888 to 13 February ... See full summary »
During the latter half of 1888, a notorious serial killer nicknamed Jack the Ripper terrorises the East End of London by murdering prostitutes in a terribly violent way. Public outrage follows. Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline is assigned to the case but finds that it is not just a simple murder enquiry. Based on a real life event, this film claims to have had access to top secret Home Office files and believe that their ending is the correct solution to the age old mystery.Written by
When the Rent Collector finds Mary Kelly's body, her legs are shown to be intact and she can be seen wearing a torn gray skirt and white blouse, but when Abberline later shows a photograph (the actual crime scene photo) of the body to Doctor Gull, one of her legs is showing a protruding femur and the body is only dressed in a skimpy chemise. See more »
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instrumental music composed by Arthur Sullivan in the 1879 "Pirates of Penzance" as a satire on Verfi's "Anvil Chorus"
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A very well presented, if historically inaccurate account
This film is a slickly produced effort, although the claims that it may represent the definitive answer to the mystery are extremely tenuous. The plot is watered-down version of the masonic conspiracy theory, in which William Gull, the queen's doctor, committed the murders to silence a group of east end prostitutes attempting to blackmail the government. The more simple premise of the film is that Gull was simply a deranged psychopath. Yet this already three hour production benefits from this by turning it into a classic whodunit. The suspects it puts forward generally weren't regarded as such at the time, but this matters little thanks to the general quality of the production. There are a numbers of "gaffs" in the film regarding historical accuracy:
Annie Chapman is seen photographed at the murder site in Hanbury street. This never happened.
Prince Albert Victor is mentioned as Duke of Clarence and Avondale. He never assumed these titles until 1891.
There is a bloodhound visible at the scene of Mary Kelly's murder. While there were rumours dogs were to be used, ultimately they weren't.
Emma Prentice, Inspector Abberline's love interest declares a picture she is drawing is "for strand magazine". Strand magazine wasn't first published until 1892, four years after the film is set.
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