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Man in the Attic (1953)

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After an enigmatic, self-described pathologist rents the attic room of a Victorian house, his landlady begins to suspect her lodger is Jack the Ripper.

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Insp. Paul Warwick
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William Harley
Sean McClory ...
Constable #1
Leslie Bradley ...
Constable #2
Tita Phillips ...
Daisy (the maid)
Lester Matthews ...
Chief Insp. Melville (as Lester Mathews)
Harry Cording ...
Detective Sgt. Bates
Lisa Daniels ...
Mary Lenihan
Lilian Bond ...
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Katy
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Storyline

London, 1888: on the night of the third Jack the Ripper killing, soft-spoken Mr. Slade, a research pathologist, takes lodgings with the Harleys, including a gloomy attic room for "experiments." Mrs. Harley finds Slade odd and increasingly suspects the worst; her niece Lily (star of a decidedly Parisian stage revue) finds him interesting and increasingly attractive. Is Lily in danger, or are her aunt's suspicions merely a red herring? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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He loved her and hated her! See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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23 December 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der unheimliche Untermieter  »

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Goofs

Much is made of anyone with a black leather bag or satchel falling under suspicion as the Ripper. In reality anyone seen wearing a leather apron in the fall of 1888 in London was suspected of being the Ripper. See more »

Quotes

Slade: Yes, I will tell you. My mother was an actress. She was one of the most angelically beautiful women who ever lived, exquisitely graceful, talented, and captivating. I loved her deeply... deeply. She had the face of heaven and the wretched heart of Jezebel. For every aspect of beauty she possessed, she contained a double portion of evil. I hated her!
Lily Bonner: But I thought you said you loved her?
Slade: I can love the beauty and hate the evil. Didn't you know that, Miss Bonner?
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Version of Armchair Mystery Theatre: The Lodger (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

COME AND DO THE NEW PARISIAN TROT
Written by Lionel Newman, lyrics Eliot Daniel
Sung and danced by Constance Smith and chorus
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Is Jack Palance Jack the Ripper??
17 September 2006 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Fairly stylish and suspenseful 50's remake of "The Lodger", a story set during Jack the Ripper's reign of terror in London near the end of the 19th century. In one of his earliest film roles, the tall and handsome Jack Palance portrays a quiet and introvert pathologist on the lookout for a room in the center of London. He finds one in the house of Helen and William Harley where he spends most of the time working in the attic. His behavior becomes increasingly strange, especially when he falls in love with the singer/showgirl niece of his landlords. Suspicions arise that the distinguished Mr. Slade is the feared maniac Jack the Ripper. There's very little action in "Man in the Attic", but it's atmospheric and both acted & directed with devotion. Palance looks menacing and mysterious and he receives excellent feedback from his supportive cast, most notably from Rhys Williams as the cynical Mr. Harley. Too bad the film also features two overlong cabaret-like musical sequences, which are really misplaced, and I personally would have preferred some more info and details regarding the Ripper-killings. Not for nowadays horror-audiences, but worth a look in case you're a fan of classy, tension-driven thrillers.


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