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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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Constance Smith ...
Byron Palmer ...
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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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 mother'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)  »

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Trivia

Many believe the prime suspect in the murders was Montague John Druitt, a recently discharged teacher at a boys' school, who committed suicide in the Thames in December 1888 just as Slade apparently does in he film. After the discovery of his partially decomposed body the hunt for the Ripper was ostensibly deactivated. 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: [Referring to the death masks of killers in the black museum] You treat them like trophies... like a stuffed elk head mounted over the fireplace.
Insp. Paul Warwick: Yes, a little, but these were more dangerous than an elk. Man unfortunately is the most dangerous of all beasts.
Slade: Man is not beast.
Insp. Paul Warwick: Murderers are beasts.
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Version of The Phantom Fiend (1932) See more »

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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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