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

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 14 February 1927 (UK)
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:

The Lodger See more »

Filming Locations:

Islington, London, England, UK

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP12,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$83,260
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Runtime:

(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

Ivor Novello reprised his role in the sound adaptation (The Phantom Fiend (1932)), directed by Maurice Elvey. Sir Alfred Hitchcock was asked to serve as director, but declined. See more »

Goofs

When Joe is talking to Daisy in the kitchen, the position of Joe's arms varies between shots. See more »

Quotes

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

An earlier version broadcast on the AMC Channel (before commercials were part of their format) had a 74-minute print from the National Film Archive Collection and contained an unidentified orchestral score. See more »

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Important Historically & Very Good In Its Own Right
14 June 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

Usually remembered as Alfred Hitchcock's first thriller, "The Lodger" is also a very good film in its own right. Although the acting is somewhat dated, and although there is not a really appropriate musical score that has survived, it has the carefully crafted plot and suspense that Hitchcock would become famous for.

The opening sequence uses the director's creative touches in setting the mood of a city terrorized by a mysterious killer, "The Avenger", who is targeting light-haired women. Then we meet the actual characters: an older couple and their daughter Daisy, and Daisy's policeman boyfriend. When a mysterious lodger appears and rents the family's extra room, his strange behavior begins to make them suspect that he might be the mad killer, even as he builds a close friendship with Daisy. As the story proceeds, tension and fear continue to build until an ending that is exciting, if somewhat melodramatic.

Hitchcock shows his mastery of silent film technique in using a wide variety of camera techniques and props to communicate the emotions of the characters. The acting is mostly good, although Ivor Novello as "the lodger" overplays his role rather noticeably. This is the kind of movie that could really benefit from a good musical soundtrack, and the fact that it is exciting to watch even without an appropriate score shows the quality of Hitchcock's craftsmanship.

Anyone who enjoys Hitchcock or silent films will definitely want to see "The Lodger".


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