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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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Complete credited cast:
Insp. Paul Warwick
William Harley
Constable #1
Leslie Bradley ...
Constable #2
Tita Phillips ...
Chief Insp. Melville (as Lester Mathews)
Detective Sgt. Bates
Lisa Daniels ...
Mary Lenihan


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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Release Date:

23 December 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der unheimliche Untermieter  »

Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 »


In the opening and closing shots which include London Bridge at night, anachronistic cars and buses clearly can be seen crossing the Thames. See more »


Lily Bonner: Is there anything I can do?
Slade: We must each live with ourselves.
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Version of The Phantom Fiend (1932) See more »


Sung by Lisa Daniels
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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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