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Man in the Attic (1953)

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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William Harley
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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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The Life...The Loves...The Crimes of Jack the Ripper! See more »


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23 December 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der unheimliche Untermieter  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Lisa Daniels screen debut. See more »

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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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Liebestod
from "Tristan und Isolde" (uncredited)
Composed by Richard Wagner (1857 - 1859)
Ostensibly dubbed by unknown pianist for onscreen Jack Palance
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Aunt Bea Does London
9 December 2005 | by (West Virginia) – See all my reviews

This is a remake of the 1944 "The Lodger", which was a remake of the early Hitchock silent "The Lodger". This one isn't bad but uses most of the dialogue from the 1944 version. Jack Palance gives an excellent portrayal of the lodger who may or may not be Jack the Ripper. Palance has a certain menace here but yet you feel some sympathy for him. That voice should be trademarked!! Constance Smith plays the part of his object of affection/hatred and there is a good performance from Rhys Williams, a long time character actor, as her uncle. It's a little tough getting by Frances Bavier as Smith's aunt since to most TV viewers she will forever be Aunt Bea from Mayberry. Frankly, she can't hold a candle to Sara Allgood in the 1944 version but she passes muster. I found the 1944 version superior to this film due to the presence of Laird Cregar and George Saunders but this remake is worth watching, especially if you are a Jack Palance fan.


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