Where's Jack?

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Where's Jack?
Where's Jack? FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by James Clavell
Produced by Stanley Baker
James Clavell
Written by Rafe Newhouse
David Newhouse
Starring Stanley Baker
Tommy Steele
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Cinematography John Wilcox
Edited by Peter Thornton
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • 1969 (1969)
Running time
120 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Where's Jack? is a 1969 film recounting the exploits of notorious 18th-century criminal Jack Sheppard and London "Thief-Taker General" Jonathan Wild.

The film was produced by Stanley Baker through his company Oakhurst Productions, and starred Baker himself as Jonathan Wild. Tommy Steele played Jack Sheppard. The film was directed by novelist James Clavell. Mary Hopkin sings the title song.

The ending of the film is ambiguous. It suggests the possibility that Sheppard may have survived his execution and escaped to the Americas.



Financing was provided by Paramount. According to producer Michael Deeley, this was obtained after a pitch Martin Baum, Stanley Baker's agent did to Charles Bludhorn, owner of Paramount. Baum described the film was being written by the writers of Point Blank (1967), produced by the maker of Zulu (1963) and directed by the man who made To Sir, with Love (1967) which made a combined profit of $45 million. Divided by four that meant a profit of over $10 million after $3 million cost was deducted. The pitch was successful and Deeley says it remains one of his happiest memories in getting a film funded. Ironically, Where's Jack? turned out to be a box office flop.[1]


  1. ^ Michael Deeley, Blade Runners, Deer Hunters and Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: My Life in Cult Movies, Pegasus Books, 2009 p 43-44

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