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The Lodger (1927)

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (original title)
Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 14 February 1927 (UK)
A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London.



(from the novel by) (as Mrs. Belloc Lowndes), (scenario)

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Complete credited cast:
Marie Ault ...
Arthur Chesney ...
Her husband
Daisy, a mannequin (as JUNE)
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 <col@imdb.com>

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£12,000 (estimated)

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Alfred Hitchcock: a desk in the newsroom early in the film. He also appears later in the crowd lynch scene. 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 »


[first lines]
Female eyewitness: Tall he was - and his face all wrapped up.
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Vintage Hitchcock at his best.
19 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In a quiet British town, a serial killer known as The Avenger is on the loose. Noted for his partiality for blondes, The Avenger has killed seven women-and shows no signs of stopping.

Ivor Novello, as the title character, is a quiet and mysterious man who appears at a boarding house soon after the seventh murder is committed. The landlady reluctantly allows him to stay in an upstairs room, but becomes suspicious when she notices the young man turning over all the portraits of blonde-haired women in his room. It doesn't help the landlady's suspicions when the man begins showing an interest in her daughter, Daisy (naturally, a blonde). Daisy's boyfriend, a detective, is assigned to The Avenger's case, and (almost immediately) becomes suspicious of the lodger as well.

Although The Lodger isn't Hitchcock's first feature, it most certainly is the film that launched his career as the "Master of Suspense." Noticeable Hitchcock trademarks are apparent here-namely the lodger's arrival and the ceiling/mirror scene.

Loosely based on the infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper, this silent thriller is fast-paced with exceptional performances. The score, at times, seems out of place, but Hitchcock fans will nonetheless enjoy this film.

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