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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: The victims of the Ripper are all much younger (with the exception of Mary Kelly, the Ripper's victims were all their 40s) and prettier than they were in real life.

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* TheDrunkenSailor: A pair of drunken sailors on shore leave attempt to solicit the services of Liz Stride for a night of fun. However, they are moved on by a policeman, and when Liz goes in search of another customer, she is murdered by UseFulNotes/JackTheRipper

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* AndTheAdventureContinues: The film ends with a mysterious hat arriving in the mail and Holmes launching into a series of deductions about it, while Watson stands by with a 'here we go again' expression on his face as the credits roll.


* ClickHello: The Ripper approaches his final victim in her bed and raises his knife, only to Holmes' revolver clapped against the side of his head.

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* ClickHello: The Ripper approaches his final victim in her bed and raises his knife, only to find Holmes' revolver clapped against the side of his head.


When Watson reads from the newspaper there have been two similar murders near Whitechapel in a few days, Sherlock Holmes' sharp deductive is immediately stimulated to start its merciless method of elimination after observation of every apparently meaningless detail. He guesses right the victims must be street whores, and doesn't need long to work his way trough a pawn shop, an aristocratic family's stately home, a hospital and of course the potential suspects and (even unknowing) witnesses who are the cast of the gradually unraveled story of the murderer and his motive.

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When Watson reads from the newspaper there have been two similar murders near Whitechapel in a few days, Sherlock Holmes' sharp deductive is immediately stimulated to start its merciless method of elimination after observation of every apparently meaningless detail. He guesses right the victims must be street whores, and doesn't need long to work his way trough through a pawn shop, an aristocratic family's stately home, a hospital and of course the potential suspects and (even unknowing) witnesses who are the cast of the gradually unraveled story of the murderer and his motive.


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* ClickHello: The Ripper approaches his final victim in her bed and raises his knife, only to Holmes' revolver clapped against the side of his head.

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* SherlockScan: Par for the course for a Franchise/SherlockHolmes film. However, Sherlock performs an especially good example when he examines the case of surgical instruments and announces that they have come from a struggling pawn shop that faces south in a narrow street and is run by a foreigner.

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* IHaveNoSon: The Duke of Shires disowned his eldest son Michael for daring to study medicine against his wishes. As he puts it, no Osborne should ever sink so low as to pursue 'a trade'.

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* DisposableSexWorker: Unsurprisingly for a film about UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper, all the Ripper's victims are prostitutes. Although the Ripper's action strike fear into the hearts of the residents, the victims themselves are largely unmissed and unmourned. It takes Dr. Murray's rabblerousing to spark the government into action.

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* HandWave: At the end of the film, Holmes is trapped in a burning building. They quickly cut to him back at Baker Street, explaining that he survived because, as everyone knows, he's indestructible.

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* BattleAmongstTheFlames: The climatic battle between Holmes and the Ripper takes place in a burning building.

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* {{Blackmail}}: Angela Osborne and Max Steiner are blackmailing Lord Carfax: threatening to reveal that his brother Michael had married a prostitute, which would ruin the family name and possibly kill his father.


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* GorgeousPeriodDress: All of UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper's victims are dressed in outfits that are far too elegant (and clean) for a real East End prostitute.

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* TwoFaced: Angela has had half her face scarred by acid. When she first meets Holmes, she sits in profile so he can only see the non-scarred half of her face.


* AffetionatePickpocket: Polly lifts a purse from her mark while she is canoodling with him the pub. She is caught when he goes to pay for the drinks and can't find his purse.

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* AffetionatePickpocket: AffectionatePickpocket: Polly lifts a purse from her mark while she is canoodling with him the pub. She is caught when he goes to pay for the drinks and can't find his purse.

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* AffetionatePickpocket: Polly lifts a purse from her mark while she is canoodling with him the pub. She is caught when he goes to pay for the drinks and can't find his purse.

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