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The Phantom Fiend (1932)
"The Lodger" (original title)

Passed  -  Action | Crime | Romance  -  19 April 1935 (USA)
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Mrs. Coles
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Mr. Rabinovitch (as Andrea Malandrinas)
Iris Ashley ...
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This was the first sound remake of the Hitchcock silent classic inspired by the Jack the Ripper legend. Ivor Novello, who played the title role and headed the team writing the script, was in the original as well. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Ivor Novello reprises his lead role from Alfred Hitchcock's silent classic The Lodger (1927). Hitchcock was asked to direct the sound remake of his 1927 film, but declined. See more »

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Just Not There
27 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having seen the HItchcock silent film, this was a disappointment. It lacks HItchcock's gift for the misunderstood protagonist. There is so much done to make Ivor Novello look like the bad guy that we know immediately that he is not it. He is made much more quirky and not mysterious enough. At times he lapses into normalcy and quickly moves back to this eccentric, almost unapproachable being. The plot, of course, involves a "Jack the Ripper" figure who is killing women near telephone boxes. Novello's character shows up and rents an apartment at the home of an older woman and her husband. The female interest is also there. Because "London is lonely," he strikes up a relationship with the young woman, much to the chagrin of her boyfriend, a loudmouthed, overbearing character. People are suspicious of the foreign visitor and when he is discovered with blood on him, he is handcuffed but escapes. There is great concern for the young woman who, by the way, should be scared and should be looking out for herself. I will not spoil the end, but it is not nearly as captivating as the Hitchcock version, where the man is hunted mercilessly. The speeches are really hard to make out; alas, the new technology; and this really diminishes the effectiveness. See this as a curiosity. It just doesn't work very well.


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