Director James Clavell
Music director Elmer Bernstein
Country United Kingdom
Genre Adventure, Biography, Crime
Producer Stanley Baker
|Writer Rafe Newhouse, David Newhouse|
Release date 1969
Cast Tommy Steele (Jack Sheppard), Stanley Baker, Alan Badel, Dudley Foster
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Jack Sheppard (Tommy Steele) becomes a folk-hero highwayman opposite Jonathan Wild (Stanley Baker) in 18th-century London.
Wheres Jack? is a 1969 film recounting the exploits of notorious 18th century criminal Jack Sheppard and London "thieftaker" Jonathan Wild.
The film was produced by Stanley Baker through his company Oakhurst Productions, and starred Baker himself as Jonathan Wild. Tommy Steele played Jack Sheppard.
The film was directed by novelist James Clavell. Mary Hopkin sings the title song.
The ending of the film is ambiguous. It suggests the possibility that Sheppard may have survived his execution and escaped to the Americas.
Based on the adventures of Jack Sheppard, the thief and jail-breaker who became a folk hero in 1720s London.
Stanley Baker appears in Wheres Jack? and Zulu. Drake of England (1935). The Moonraker (1958). Siege of the Saxons (1963). Stanley Baker appears in Wheres Jack? and Robbery.
Financing was provided by Paramount. According to producer Michael Deeley, this was obtained after a pitch Martin Baum, Stanley Bakers agent did to Charles Bludhorn, owner of Paramount. Baum described the film was being written by the writers of Point Blank (1967), produced by the maker of Zulu (1963) and directed by the man who made To Sir, with Love (1967) which made a combined profit of $45 million. Divided by four that meant a profit of over $10 million after $3 million cost was deducted. The pitch was successful and Deeley says it remains one of his happiest memories in getting a film funded. Ironically, Wheres Jack? turned out to be a box office flop.
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