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The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)

A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London.

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

Marie Belloc Lowndes (from the novel by) (as Mrs. Belloc Lowndes), Eliot Stannard (scenario)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marie Ault ... The Landlady
Arthur Chesney Arthur Chesney ... Her Husband
June Tripp ... Daisy - A Mannequin (as JUNE)
Malcolm Keen ... Joe - A Police Detective
Ivor Novello ... The Lodger
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Storyline

A serial killer known as "The Avenger" is on the loose in London, murdering blonde women. A mysterious man arrives at the house of Mr. and Mrs. Bunting looking for a room to rent. The Bunting's daughter is a blonde model and is seeing one of the detectives assigned to the case. The detective becomes jealous of the lodger and begins to suspect he may be the avenger. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1927 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Islington, London, England, UK

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Budget:

£12,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

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(National Film Archive print) | (TCM print) | (video) | (Ontario) | (2012) (theatrical) | (2012 restoration)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

For the opening of this movie, Sir Alfred Hitchcock wanted to show the Avenger's murder victim being dragged out of the Thames River at night with the Charing Cross Bridge in the background, but Scotland Yard refused his request to film at the bridge. Hitchcock repeated his request several times, until Scotland Yard notified him that they would "look the other way" if he could do the filming in one night. Hitchcock quickly sent his cameras and actors out to Charing Cross Bridge to film the scene, but when the rushes came back from the developers, the scene at the bridge was nowhere to be found. Hitchcock and his assistants searched through the prints, but could not find it. Finally, Hitchcock discovered that his cameraman had forgotten to put the lens on the camera before filming the night scene. See more »

Goofs

When the lodger is playing a game of chess with Daisy (about 26 minutes into the movie), the chessboard is set up incorrectly. A game of chess is always played with a black square on the far-left and a white square on the far-right of the board as they face it; on this occasion the board is the wrong way around and should be rotated 90 degrees in either direction for it to be correct. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Female eyewitness: Tall he was - and his face all wrapped up.
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Alternate Versions

The original version of The Lodger directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1926 was restored in 1999 in honor of the directors 100th anniversary. The film was restored by the British National Film & TV Archives and a new score by Ashley Irwin was commissioned by ZDF/ARTE (Germany) and premiered on August 13, 1999 (what would have been Hitchcock's 100th birthday). See more »

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Vintage Hitchcock at his best.
19 July 2004 | by blueapplejackSee all my reviews

In a quiet British town, a serial killer known as The Avenger is on the loose. Noted for his partiality for blondes, The Avenger has killed seven women-and shows no signs of stopping.

Ivor Novello, as the title character, is a quiet and mysterious man who appears at a boarding house soon after the seventh murder is committed. The landlady reluctantly allows him to stay in an upstairs room, but becomes suspicious when she notices the young man turning over all the portraits of blonde-haired women in his room. It doesn't help the landlady's suspicions when the man begins showing an interest in her daughter, Daisy (naturally, a blonde). Daisy's boyfriend, a detective, is assigned to The Avenger's case, and (almost immediately) becomes suspicious of the lodger as well.

Although The Lodger isn't Hitchcock's first feature, it most certainly is the film that launched his career as the "Master of Suspense." Noticeable Hitchcock trademarks are apparent here-namely the lodger's arrival and the ceiling/mirror scene.

Loosely based on the infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper, this silent thriller is fast-paced with exceptional performances. The score, at times, seems out of place, but Hitchcock fans will nonetheless enjoy this film.


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