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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 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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Novello's second stab at 'The Lodger'
27 August 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film, known in the US as 'The Phantom Fiend' and seemingly only surviving in appalling prints with muddy soundtrack, was the first sound remake of Hitchcock's wonderfully atmospheric silent classic, 'The Lodger'.

As in the earlier film, British composer and matinée idol Ivor Novello plays the mysterious lodger of the title, this time affecting a bizarre European accent and managing to be even more creepy than in the silent version. His acting though was far too mannered for the sound screen, even if we do get to hear his piano playing in this film!

In support, Elizabeth Allen and a very young Jack Hawkins are not at all bad, although the story is extremely familiar and you could take a fair attempt at guessing the ending. Maurice Elvey's direction is rather pedestrian but the principals are photographed well and the tension is kept up well over the short running time.

Not a substitute for the silent version (or the superior sound version with Laird Cregar) but an interesting curio.


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