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Thriller: Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper

A series of brutal murders in the modern-day United States bear a remarkable resemblance to the crimes of Jack the Ripper in 1888 London. In fact, a visiting British criminologist insists that the original Ripper is responsible for the modern-day crimes.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x28
Production Number: 14138
Airdate: Tuesday April 11th, 1961

Director: Ray Milland
Story: Robert Bloch
Teleplay: Barre Lyndon

Guest Stars
Ralph ClantonRalph Clanton
As Lester Baston
Sam GilmanSam Gilman
As Lieutenant
Pamela CurranPamela Curran
As Second Victim
J. Pat OJ. Pat O'Malley
As Street Singer
Ottola NesmithOttola Nesmith
As Rowena
Donald Woods (1)Donald Woods (1)
As John Carmody
Edmon RyanEdmon Ryan
As Captain Pete Jago
Adam WilliamsAdam Williams
As Hymie Kralik
Ransom ShermanRansom Sherman
As Police Commissioner
Art LewisArt Lewis
As Bearded Artist
Jill LiveseyJill Livesey
As First Victim
Beverly PowersBeverly Powers
As Herself (as Beverly Hills)
John MelfiJohn Melfi
As Dr. Fisher (as Johnny Melfi)
Gloria BlondellGloria Blondell
As Maggie Radevik
Main Cast


In London 1888, a lady of the evening leaves a pub and goes down the street. She passes a police officer, rounds a corner, and encounters another officer. When he asks where he’s going and reminds her of the curfew, she says that she’s going to her rooms just down the street. The officer reminds her that there’s a murderer at large, but the woman needs no reminder. She goes on her way and goes up the stairs of her building to her flat. As she starts to undress, she hears footsteps behind her. A man with a knife muffles her screams as he stabs her. ..

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Episode Notes
Robert Bloch's original short story, "Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper", was first published in the July, 1943 issue of Weird Tales Magazine.

Paintings courtesy of the Martin Lowitz Galleries.

Episode Quotes
Host: A surgeon's scalpel. An instrument of mercy in the hands of a skilled physician. A lethal weapon in the hands of a madman. A murderer such as the subject of our story for tonight. Now no one knows who this man was, no one ever saw his face. His identity has always been one of the world's great mysteries. He killed only women, and only a certain kind of woman. And his murders were often accompanied by strange and forbidding rites. For months on end he terrorized London, defying whole divisions of police. And it was they who nicknamed him, "Jack the Ripper." Well, he disappeared as suddenly as he had come. But similar murders followed at intervals in other countries. There are many who believe that Jack the Ripper still walks the earth. Still continues his diabolical activities. That's a chilling thought, especially when it's accompanied by highly convincing proof that it may be true. Let us discover the facts for ourselves in the company of such distinguished players as Mr. John Williams, Mr. Donald Woods, Mr. Edmon Ryan, and Miss Nancy Valentine. Oh, I suggest that you viewers draw just a little closer together. The Ripper always struck down solitary victims, you know. It'd be a pity if a member of our audience became dismembered.

Pete Jago: A man the Ripper's age couldn't possibly handle them.
Sir Guy: Suppose he hasn't got any older.
Lieutenant: What was that?
Sir Guy: I said, suppose Jack the Ripper hasn't got any older.
Pete Jago: But everybody gets older. Police, doctors, maniacs. Everybody!

Sir Guy: (at a strip club) Tell me, what goes in at a place like this?
John Carmody: It's not what goes on, it's what comes off.
Sir Guy: No, I mean, what does one do?
John Carmody: First of all, you check that umbrella and that hat. Then you sit at a table and order drink. Then you watch some attractive young ladies disrobe.
Sir Guy: What? You mean... in the all-together?
John Carmody: Yes, in the all-together.
Sir Guy: Well, let's not delay a moment, old man.

Sir Guy: That's a knife.
John Carmody: I know. (stabs him)
Sir Guy: John...
John Carmody: Not John. Jack.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerWilliam Frye
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistFlorence Bush
Make-upJack Barron
Set DecoratorJohn McCarthy, Jr.  |  Joseph Kish
Director of PhotographyKenneth Peach
Art DirectorLloyd S. Papez
GraphicsJerome Gould (1)
Costume SupervisorVincent Dee
Film EditorDanny B. Landres
SoundRobert R. Bertrand
Assistant DirectorJames Hogan
Original MusicJerry Goldsmith
Editorial SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
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