London, autumn 1888. Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline of Scotland Yard is assigned by his superiors to investigate the murder and brutal mutilation of a prostitute in the East End of London. As the mutilated corpses of other "shilling whores" turn up in the same area, London's tabloid journalists - particularly Benjamin Bates of The Star - whip up a public frenzy. The killer is nicknamed "Jack the Ripper" after a letter bearing that name and supposedly from the killer, is forwarded to Scotland Yard. As the Ripper terrorizes London, public outrage erupts throughout the country, and Police Commissioner Sir Charles Warren fears that a revolution is in the air in London's East End.
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The opening voiceover is provided by actor Patrick Allen. See more
In reality, actor Richard Mansfield used an elaborate makeup trick to transform from Mr. Hyde back into Dr. Jekyll, not the other way around as portrayed here. This also makes the scene Mansfield is playing out when the characters visit the theatre incorrect also. It appears to be the scene where Dr. Jekyll transforms in the presence of fellow doctor Dr. Lanyon, but it was into Jekyll he transforms in the story not Hyde. See more