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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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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 mother'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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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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Trivia

The sixth and last victim of the Ripper in the film is Irish immigrant Mary Lenihan, who is killed in her one room flat. Her dying screams alert nearby constables who narrowly miss catching the serial killer. In reality, the last of the Ripper's five, not six, canonical victims was Irish immigrant Mary Kelly, killed and disemboweled in her one room flat, the only one of the victims killed indoors. Kelly's screams, if any, went unheard, and the Ripper mutilated her at his leisure throughout the night. The ghastly sight was not discovered until the morning when a rent collector saw the ghastly scene through her window at 10:45 a.m. See more »

Goofs

It is obvious during the horse and carriage scene that it is a stuntman, not Palance, participating. 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 »

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YOU'RE IN LOVE
Written by Lionel Newman, lyrics Eliot Daniel
Sung and danced by Constance Smith and chorus
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Jackie's back and Aunt Bea's got him
30 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Good, atmospheric story of Jack the Ripper, in the person of a Mr. Slade, renting a sitting room and an attic room in a London home. Jack Palance, with his unusual looks and soft voice, is perfectly cast as the man who falls under suspicion of being the Ripper. He finds himself to attracted to the flirtatious, beautiful, and kind-hearted niece of the owner of the home, Lily, played by Constance Smith. Smith was an Irish actress who was under contract to Fox for a time, after which she made films in Italy, retiring apparently in 1959. As a risqué entertainer and beauty, Lily has also attracted the attentions of a Scotland Yard inspector. It proves an odd triangle. Frances Bavier of Andy Griffith Show fame plays Lily's aunt. Very interesting, small film that manages to have a British feel despite the variety of accents and non-accents of the major actors.


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