Jack the Ripper (1959 film)

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Jack the Ripper
Directed by Monty Berman
Robert S. Baker
Screenplay by Peter Hammond
Monty Berman
Starring Lee Patterson
Eddie Byrne
Betty McDowall
John Le Mesurier
Ewen Solon
Music by Stanley Black (UK)
Jimmy McHugh (US)
Pete Rugolo (US)
Cinematography Robert S. Baker
Monty Berman
Edited by Peter Bezencenet
Distributed by Regal Film Distributors (UK)
Joseph E. Levine (US)
Release dates
  • 28 May 1959 (1959-05-28) (UK)
  • 17 February 1960 (1960-02-17) (US)
Running time
84 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £50,000[1]
Box office $1.1 million (US)[2]

Jack the Ripper was a 1959 film produced and directed by Monty Berman and Robert S. Baker and is loosely based on Leonard Matters' theory that the Ripper was an avenging doctor. The black-and-white film starred Lee Patterson and Eddie Byrne and co-starred Betty McDowall, John Le Mesurier, and Ewen Solon.


In 1888, Jack the Ripper is on his killing spree. Scotland Yard Inspector O'Neill (Byrne) welcomes a visit from his old friend New York City detective Sam Lowry (Patterson) who agrees to assist with the investigation. Sam becomes attracted to modern woman Anne Ford (McDowall) but her guardian, Dr. Tranter (Le Mesurier) doesn't approve. The police slowly close in the killer as the public becomes more alarmed. The killer's identity is revealed and the killer meets a ghastly end.



The film's budget was raised from a combination of pre-sales to Regal Film Distributors at the National Film Finance Corporation.[1]


Joseph E. Levine bought the US rights for £50,000. He later claimed he spent $1 million on promoting the movie and earned $2 million in profit on it.[1]

According to Variety, the film earned rentals of $1.1 million in North America on initial release.[2]


  1. ^ a b c John Hamilton, The British Independent Horror Film 1951-70 Hemlock Books 2013 p 56-61
  2. ^ a b "Rental Potentials of 1960", Variety, 4 January 1961 p 47. Please note figures are rentals as opposed to total gross.

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