1971 Hands of the Ripper

Hands of the Ripper - 1971

A Hammer production presented by The Rank Organisation and distributed by Rank film Distributors Limited (UK) and Universal Pictures (USA) 

Copyright MCMLXXl Hammer film Productions Limited - All rights reserved

MPAA Approved Certificate No. 22864

The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the name, character, or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional 

Made at Pinewood Studios, London, England 

Colour processed by Rank Film Laboratories 85 mins 


As an infant, Anna witnesses the brutal murder of her mother by her father, who is none other than Jack the Ripper. Years later, she is working for Mrs Golding, a fake medium, for whom she provides spirit voices during her 'seances'. One of these sessions is attended by psychiatrist Dr John Pritchard and the outwardly respectable Member of Parliament Dysart, who has paid Mrs Golding for 'other services' to be provided that night by Anna. Pritchard later sees Dysart fleeing the house and, investigating, finds Mrs Golding impaled to a bedroom door and Anna in a state of shock. Convinced that Anna is mentally disturbed, he makes the mistake of taking her into his own home so that he can study her.....

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Art Director Roy Stannard
Editor Chris Barnes
Production Manager Christopher Sutton
Assistant Director Ariel Levy
Sound Recordist Kevin Sutton
Sound Editor Frank Goulding
Continuity Gladys Goldsmith
Make-up Supervisor Bunty Phillips
Hairdressing Supervisor Pat McDermott
Wardrobe Supervisor Rosemary Burrows
Wardrobe Mistress Eileen Sullivan
Special Effects Cliff Culley
Construction Manager Arthur Banks
Dubbing Mixer Ken Barker
Director of Photography Kenneth Talbot, BSc
Music Composed by Christopher Gunning
Musical Supervisor Philip Martell
Screenplay by L.W. Davidson
From an original story by Edward Spencer Shaw
Produced by Aida Young
Directed by Peter Sasdy


Dr John Pritchard Eric Porter
Anna Angharad Rees
Laura Jane Merroe
Michael Keith Bell
Dysart Derek Godfrey
Mrs Golding (Guest Star) Dora Bryan
Mrs Bryant Marjorie Rhodes
Long Liz Lynda Baron
Dolly Marjie Lawrence
Police Inspector Norman Bird
Madame Bullard Margaret Rawlings
Mrs Wilson Elizabeth MacLennan
Mr Wilson Barry Lowe
Reverend Anderson A.J. Brown
Catherine April Wilding
1st Cell Whore Anne Clune
2nd Cell Whore Vicki Woolf
1st Pub Whore Kataya Wyeth
2nd Pub Whore Beulah Hughes
3rd Pub Whore Tallulah Miller
Pleasants Peter Munt
Police Constable Philip Ryan
Maid Molly Weir
Guard Charles Lamb


Between Hammer's "The Lost Continent" (1968) and this film, Eric Porter played probably his most famous role as Soames Forsyte in BBC TV's classic serialisation of John Galsworthy's "The Forsyte Saga". In the mid-eighties, he took the part of Professor Moriarty, arch-enemy of Jeremy Brett's Sherlock Holmes, in Granada TV's much acclaimed adaptations of Conan Doyle's detective stories.
 This was the last film to be produced for Hammer by Aida Young. She moved on to Associated London Films, where she produced "Steptoe and Son" (1972) and "Steptoe and Son Ride Again" (1973).

Details were complied viewing the actual film. 
Source of viewing copy - The Hammer Graveyard Collection