Jack The Ripper: The Film - The Book
One dark and murky night in 1888, a mysterious figure lurking around the streets' of Whitechapel,
asks a lone-lady if she goes by the name of 'Mary Clarke'. Now when this forlorn-female denies that
this is her actual name, in turn, this strange shadow of a man stabs her to death,
before disappearing into the foggy streets of old London town.
The man is none other than Jack the Ripper -- whilst the lady in question is his current victim. What Inspector O'Neill (Eddie Byrne) and his American ally, Sam Lowry (Lee Patterson), need to know next; is who is Jack the Ripper?
Could it possibly be someone working at the local hospital perhaps? Because it is has been alleged that this killer does have some sort of anatomical knowledge! But if so -- who? Surely not:
- The venerable, Sir David Rogers (Ewen Solon): As this very astute surgeon is rather dapper don't you know. Plus he does sport a very nice-looking beard!
- The stoic, Doctor Tranter (John Le Mesurier): Who is both a brash and charitable man in hindsight. Especially when you take into consideration that he has sponsored his new ward, Anne Ford (Betty McDowall), in her more erstwhile pursuits.
- The lowly, Clarke (George Rose): As this chap is a disabled porter working at this place of care. Not very nice to look at. Agreed. But he does have a very good heart.
Huh? What's that you say? Jack can't be any of these people? OK then, so maybe he's a pickpocket, a nightclub door-man, or even a drunk lying destitute on the ground? Still, whatever the case may be, that's most probably why what next transpires kicks off when Sam and Anne views the aftermath of one of the Rippers next victims! As a woman points the way - a victim is held at bay - an American can smell a rat - and at the end of the day a misguided doctor goes... sigh... splat.
Now being an avid Ripperologist (click on the following link for more details), you might have thought I'd be very hypercritical about any of the Jack the Ripper movies I've watched. But no. Not really. Half of me always presumes' that the filmmaker's will skip on most of the pertinent details relating to this case. Whilst the other half of me is just glad to watch something relating to 'The Autumn of Terror' on screen!
Overall, this 1959 'Jack the Ripper' film is pretty much a hit and miss affair. The concept was a good one, yet the story and the execution wasn't. Still, you can't win them all, huh? Unless you're Jack. Jack the Ripper, HahAHAhahahaa!
THE RATING: C+