In London in 1904, neighbours begin to suspect that a very strange man calling himself Dr. Fell may in fact be the infamous Jack the Ripper.

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Curly Minter
Valentine Dyall ...
Dr. Fell
Christine Silver ...
Mrs. Musgrave
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Alice
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Molly Nusgrave
Charles Hawtrey ...
Mike Atkinson
Aubrey Dexter ...
Harding
Anthony La Penna ...
JJ
Reginald Dyson ...
Sergeant Cranbourne
Laurence Naismith ...
Editor
John Clifford ...
Atkinson
Stuart Saunders ...
Porter
Cyril Conway ...
Dr. Mansfield
Charles Houston ...
Tom
Harriet Petworth ...
Matron (as Harriet Peterworth)
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In London in 1904, neighbours begin to suspect that a very strange man calling himself Dr. Fell may in fact be the infamous Jack the Ripper.

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This is the first of three Hammer films to use Jack the Ripper as its subject matter. The other two were Hands of the Ripper (1971) and Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971). See more »

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On November 5, 1904, Alice says that Dr. Fell has been staying at the Musgrave house for three months. Consequently, she and Mrs. Musgrave are expecting him to leave within days. However, he first arrived on September 3, 1904, only two months earlier. See more »

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The Lodger in a locked-room mystery
25 October 2015 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

This film combines the story of "The Lodger" with the "locked-room mystery".

1904: A young newspaper journalist interviews a dying employee of an insane asylum after a fire has demanded the lives of interns. He says that one of the patients was responsible for the fire, but the head of the asylum dismisses it.

At the same time a strange doctor visits an elderly woman to become her lodger. He acts strange and threatens the woman and her daughter. He dislikes their visitors and put and end to it. He is soon suspected to be Jack the Ripper, back after several year's absence I have watched both "The Lodger" (1944) and "The Man in the Attic" (1952). Laird Cregar and Jack Palance were far better than Valentine Dyall as the lodger. Cregar and Palance managed to display a mixture of insanity and vulnerableness, Dyall is ONLY darkish-clothed and threatening.

A man is found inside a locked-room. I will not tell you who he was. The identity of the killer may come as a surprise to you, but I can reveal that I toyed with the idea myself.

A large portion of the film is told in flashback by an old man, who was the newspaper reporter.


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