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

Passed  -  Action | Crime | Romance  -  19 April 1935 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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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16 May 2009 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

Enjoyed this film very much. I am making my way through my DVD gift box of mysteries (a trudge,sometimes) and I am always pleased to come across an unknown gem - unknown,at least,to me. Have seen "The Lodger" many times but this one was made special by Ivor Novello, whom I had never seen, and Jack Hawkins, who never looked so young in any picture I had seen.

It was early in the sound era which could explain the hammy acting, and so I overlooked it. I thought Ivor Novello was an almost hypnotic presence - too bad he made so few movies.I also enjoyed the trick ending which was different than the American version but, from what a reviewer from the U.K. states, is the way it was in the original Hitchcock version, which I have never seen.

All in all, a very pleasant surprise. I hope I find a few more in my collection. The transfer copy must have been very old and it is probably a title hard to come by, which would account for the occasional blotches on the print and garbled sound track, but it really is better than the 6 rating it presently sports, and I gave it a rating of 7.


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