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The Phenomenon of Jack The Ripper Areas in which Jack The Ripper was an influence...and not limited to the realm of serial murder.

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Old November 8th, 2017, 09:40 PM   #1
Howard Brown
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Default The Stuff Myths Are Made Of........

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 26, 1889

Interestingly, the 1924 film 'Waxworks' features the aforementioned Harun al Raschid portrayed by the first male Oscar winner, American/German actor Emil Jannings.

The final segment of this German Expressionist anthology features an early cinematic appearance of Jack the Ripper—or at least of “Spring-heeled Jack.” When a young writer answers an advertisement to write stories for wax figures at a carnival, the owner tests his abilities by asking him to write for three of the waxworks: Harun al Rashid, Ivan the Terrible, and Spring-heeled Jack. After finishing the first two stories, the young man falls exhausted into sleep as his girlfriend looks on, and he dreams that Spring-heeled Jack pursues the two of them against the backdrop of the carnival. Just as the killer overtakes them, the writer’s cries prompt the girlfriend to awaken him. Seeing Spring-heeled Jack again as a mere wax statue reassures the young man that the two of them are safe and that Jack has not stolen his beloved away from him.

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