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The Phantom Fiend (1932)

The Lodger (original title)
Passed | | Action, Crime, Romance | 12 December 1932 (UK)
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 ... See full summary »

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Gladys Sims (as Mollie Fisher)
Andreas Malandrinos ...
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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Under its USA title, The Phantom Fiend, the re-edited USA version of this film received its first telecast Thursday 6 March 1940 on New York City's pioneer, and still experimental television station W2XBS. See more »

Goofs

Near the end, in the public house scene, Michel (Ivor Novello) overturns his drink of beer and we see the glass fragments spilled onto his table. In the next shot of the table the main piece of broken glass is miraculously upright. Subsequently, the shattered glass reverts back to its original state when a waiter picks up the largest intact piece of glass and places it upright on the table. See more »

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Interesting historical curio is possibly the the best thing Ivor Novello is known for other than being a character in Gosford Park
4 August 2006 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

I saw the short US version (Phantom Fiend) of the sound remake of Hitchcock's the Lodger which was based on a novel based on the Jack the Ripper murders.

Ivor Novello (the real life counter part to Jeremy Northam's character in Robert Altman's Gosford Park) stars as the strange man who has rented a room from a nice family in London. The times are dangerous as some one called the Avenger is killing young women. Things begin to get dicey as the family begins to suspect that they may in fact be harboring a killer.

This is strange film due to the odd performances of some of the actors (Novello included) who seem to still think they are in silent films. The sound is uneven with some exchanges lost in "mud" due to poor sound recording. It makes it a bit tough to get through. Not helping matters is the fact that the story has been told and retold numerous times, so odds are you'll have some idea of whats going on. Its not a bad tale just one that I find overly familiar.

Its an okay film, thats of interest more for the odd early sound touches and casting than anything in the story.


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