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Jack the Ripper (1959)





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Suspenseful, interesting, and macabre, this period piece by Robert S. Baker overcomes a weakness in characterization by sheer dint of storyline and action. Jack the Ripper still remains the unidentified killer of at least three, probably five, and possibly even eight prostitutes living or working in London's East End in 1888. The murders occurred in August, September, and November of that year and were never solved. Because various internal organs of the dead victims (their throats were cut after they were strangled into unconsciousness) were removed rapidly and with an accurate surgical technique, investigators have postulated that the demented serial killer was a surgeon. In this cinematic version, the murders are shown as they happened while Inspector O'Neill (Eddie Byrne), along with an American detective Sam Lowry (Lee Patterson) try to track down suspects and prevent the next killing. The theory put forward here is that Jack the Ripper was looking for one particular woman. As the tension mounts, his suggested identity -- and what happened to him -- is revealed. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

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Lee Patterson
as Sam Lowry
Eddie Byrne
as Inspector O'Neill
Betty McDowall
as Anne Ford
Ewen Solon
as Sir David Rogers
John Le Mesurier
as Dr. Tranter
Philip Leaver
as Music Hall Manager
Barbara Burke
as Kitty Knowles
Bill Shine
as Lord Sopwith
Marianne Stone
as Drunken Woman
Garard Green
as Dr. Urquhart
Jack Allen
as Assistant Commissioner
Hal Osmond
as Snakey
George Street
as Station Sgt.
Olwen Brooks
as Mrs. Bolton
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One of the finest Ripper films to date.

October 28, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

This is an essential piece of Ripperphilia on film and just an all-around killer bit of sordid period-piece horror.

February 5, 2019 | Full Review…

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