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Jack the Ripper (1959)

Not Rated | | Crime, Horror, Mystery | 1960 (Austria)
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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Jimmy Sangster (screenplay), Peter Hammond (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Patterson ... Sam Lowry
Eddie Byrne ... Inspt. O'Neill
Betty McDowall ... Anne Ford
Ewen Solon ... Sir David Rogers
John Le Mesurier ... Dr. Tranter
George Rose ... Clarke
Philip Leaver Philip Leaver ... Music Hall Manager / O'Reilly
Barbara Burke Barbara Burke ... Kitty Knowles
Anne Sharp ... Helen Morris
Denis Shaw ... Simes
Endre Muller Endre Muller ... Louis Benz
Esma Cannon ... Nelly the Woman at Police Station
George Woodbridge ... Blake
Bill Shine ... Lord Tom Sopwith
Marianne Stone ... Drunken Woman
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Storyline

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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Language:

English | French

Release Date:

1960 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Joseph E. Levine tried to duplicate the success he had with Hercules (1958) (U.S. title: "Hercules") in the U.S. by using the same techniques. He spent $1 million (an extraordinary sum in 1959) on the promotional campaign that included extensive use of TV spots. This was backed up with the saturation booking of 643 prints. See more »

Quotes

Inspector O'Neill: Well, see for yourself. Look at this street. Before this ripper business started, you could hardly move along here. Stalls, barrel organs, people spilling out of the pubs, it was a happy place. Not particularly moral, but happy.
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The US version has a new score composed by Jimmy McHugh and Pete Rugolo. See more »

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Be afraid Jack, the cowboy has arrived!
9 November 2000 | by SorsimusSee 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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