The Lodger (1927)
"The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  14 February 1927 (UK)
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A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London.



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Complete credited cast:
Marie Ault ...
Arthur Chesney ...
Her Husband (Mr Bunting)
Daisy Bunting - Their Daughter
Malcolm Keen ...
Joe - a Police Detective


A serial killer known as "The Avenger" is on the loose in London, murdering blonde women. A mysterious man arrives at the house of Mr. and Mrs. Bunting looking for a room to rent. The Bunting's daughter is a blonde model and is seeing one of the detectives assigned to the case. The detective becomes jealous of the lodger and begins to suspect he may be the avenger. Written by Col Needham <>

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£12,000 (estimated)

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Arthur Chesney's elder brother Edmund Gwenn would later succeed him in the role of Mr. Bunting in the CBS radio adaptation of "The Lodger" on July 22, 1940, which was likewise directed by Alfred Hitchcock. That episode served as the pilot episode of the long-running radio series "Suspense" which began two years later. See more »


When the lodger is playing a game of chess with Daisy (about 26 minutes into the movie), the chessboard is set up incorrectly. A game of chess is always played with a black square on the far-left and a white square on the far-right of the board as they face it; on this occasion the board is the wrong way around and should be rotated 90 degrees in either direction for it to be correct. See more »


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Female eyewitness: Tall he was - and his face all wrapped up.
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Referenced in Biography: Jack the Ripper: Phantom of Death (1995) See more »

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The real Hitchcock is born
15 October 1998 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

This is the first real Hitchcock movie. The one in which he really starts to use all his abilities, although we can see that they are still not mature yet. It's very interesting because he makes a lot of experiments in this film, like the glass ceiling, and we see how hard he wanted, at the time, to really make his mark, to stand above the rest. Although the ending is not very good, the first 20 minutes of The Lodger are impressive, with Hitchcock slowly telling us (visually, of course) about the killer and his particularities, until the arrival of Ivor Novello. A must-see picture to any real Hitchcock fan

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