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Jack the Ripper 

TV-PG | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Series (1988)
A Scotland Yard police inspector, battling the booze, investigates the Jack the Ripper murders and discovers a conspiracy that leads all the way up to the queen.
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
...  Inspector Frederick Abberline 2 episodes, 1988
...  Richard Mansfield 2 episodes, 1988
...  Sir William Gull 2 episodes, 1988
...  Sergeant George Godley 2 episodes, 1988
...  Robert James Lees 2 episodes, 1988
...  Catherine Eddowes 2 episodes, 1988
...  Emma 2 episodes, 1988
...  Coroner Wynne Baxter 2 episodes, 1988
...  Mary Jane Kelly 2 episodes, 1988
...  Rodman 2 episodes, 1988
...  Sergeant Kerby 2 episodes, 1988
...  Copy Boy 2 episodes, 1988
...  Lanyon 2 episodes, 1988
Mike Carnell ...  Newsvendor 2 episodes, 1988
Ann Castle ...  Lady Gull 2 episodes, 1988
Deirdre Costello ...  Annie Chapman 2 episodes, 1988
Jon Croft ...  Mr. Thackeray 2 episodes, 1988
Angela Crow ...  Liz Stride 2 episodes, 1988
...  Annette 2 episodes, 1988
Marc Culwick ...  Prince Albert Victor 2 episodes, 1988
John Dair ...  Isenschmid 2 episodes, 1988
Roy Evans ...  Doorkeeper 2 episodes, 1988
John Fletcher ...  P.C. Watkins 2 episodes, 1988
Sheridan Forbes ...  Millie 2 episodes, 1988
...  Sir Charles Warren 2 episodes, 1988
...  Newsvendor 2 episodes, 1988
...  Beggar / ... 2 episodes, 1988
...  George Lusk 2 episodes, 1988
Bruce Green ...  Pizer 2 episodes, 1988
Rikki Harnet ...  Pickpocket 2 episodes, 1988
Ronald Hines ...  Henry Matthews 2 episodes, 1988
Denys Hawthorne ...  Assistant Commissioner 2 episodes, 1988
Michael Hughes ...  Dr. Llewellyn 2 episodes, 1988
Peter Hughes ...  Mr. Paulson 2 episodes, 1988
Frank Jarvis ...  1st Passer by 2 episodes, 1988
...  DCS Arnold 2 episodes, 1988
Gertan Klauber ...  Diemschutz 2 episodes, 1988
...  Inspector Spratling 2 episodes, 1988
Mike Lewin ...  Duty Guard 2 episodes, 1988
Rod Lewis ...  Mortician 2 episodes, 1988
...  Derek 2 episodes, 1988
...  Old Man 2 episodes, 1988
Eric Mason ...  Publican 2 episodes, 1988
Bernadette Milnes ...  Woman in Doorway 2 episodes, 1988
Jonathan Moore ...  Benjamin Bates 2 episodes, 1988
...  Dr. Acland 2 episodes, 1988
...  O'Connor 2 episodes, 1988
...  Dresser 2 episodes, 1988
Ronald Nunnery ...  Davis 2 episodes, 1988
Sandra Payne ...  Mrs. Acland 2 episodes, 1988
Neville Phillips ...  Cabinet Secretary 2 episodes, 1988
Iain Rattray ...  Tough Cop 2 episodes, 1988
...  Bowyer 2 episodes, 1988
Gary Shail ...  Pimp 2 episodes, 1988
Gerald Sim ...  Dr. Bagster Phillips 2 episodes, 1988
George Sweeney ...  John Netley 2 episodes, 1988
David Swift ...  Lord Salisbury 2 episodes, 1988
Norman Warwick ...  Richardson 2 episodes, 1988
...  Porter 2 episodes, 1988
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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 Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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The hunt is on for the world's most infamous murderer.


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21 October 1988 (USA)  »

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Jack el destripador  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)
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(2 parts) | (2 parts) (DVD)

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1.33 : 1
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One of the final filmed productions of actor Harry Andrews. See more »

Goofs

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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Chief Insp. Frederick Abberline: What we need now, George, is the best man in the country on madness!
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Hail, Hail the Gang's All Here
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instrumental music composed by Arthur Sullivan in the 1879 "Pirates of Penzance" as a satire on Verfi's "Anvil Chorus"
played on vioin in upscale restaurant
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A very well presented, if historically inaccurate account
23 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

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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