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The Lodger (1944)

Approved | | Crime, Horror, Mystery | 19 January 1944 (USA)
A landlady suspects her new lodger is Jack the Ripper.

Director:

John Brahm

Writers:

Barré Lyndon (screen play), Marie Belloc Lowndes (from the novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Merle Oberon ... Kitty Langley
George Sanders ... Inspector John Warwick
Laird Cregar ... Mr. Slade
Cedric Hardwicke ... Robert Bonting (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Sara Allgood ... Ellen Bonting
Aubrey Mather ... Superintendent Sutherland
Queenie Leonard ... Daisy - the Maid
Doris Lloyd ... Jennie
David Clyde ... Sergeant Bates
Helena Pickard Helena Pickard ... Annie Rowley / Katie in Opening Sequence
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Storyline

In late Victorian London, Jack the Ripper has been killing and maiming actresses in the night. The Burtons are forced to take in a lodger due to financial hardship. He seems like a nice young man, but Mrs. Burton suspects him of being the ripper because of some mysterious and suspicious habits, and fears for her beautiful actress niece who lives with them. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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PROBING EYES that marked the woman he loved for death! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack l'éventreur See more »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Laird Cregar's screen presence and performance created such a sensation that Twentieth Century-Fox planned to cash in on its find by putting him in similar roles in other productions. The first of these was Hangover Square (1945), which re-united director John Brahm, screenwriter Barré Lyndon and co-star George Sanders. The plans were cut short when Cregar had a fatal heart attack at the end of the year. Hangover Square would be released after his death. See more »

Goofs

George Sanders says that handguns are illegal in England, "even for the police." In the final scenes he is chasing Creger with, and firing, a handgun. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Old Cockney Man: [reading poster] "Murders being committed in our midst. Police inadequate. We intend offering a substantial reward to anyone, citizen or otherwise, who shall give information bringing the murderer or murderers to justice." Hmm.
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Version of The Phantom Fiend (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

The Parisian Trot
(uncredited)
Music by Lionel Newman
Lyrics by Charles Henderson
Sung by Merle Oberon (probably dubbed) and danced by her and chorus girls at a theater
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It's a Goody!
3 October 2003 | by Bucs1960See all my reviews

A tight, terse little black and white film about.....well, about Jack the Ripper. Prostitute victims are transformed into actresses for the film (and obviously for the Code) but it follows somewhat the modus operandi of Jack. You never see the violence, it is only implied and that works for this film.

Laird Cregar is absolutely marvelous as the strange, sweating lodger who may or may not be the murderer. He was perfect for the part, with those great, brooding eyes. Sadly, he died at a very early age.....he could have gone on to greater things. Merle Oberon is lovely, of course, but in the real world she certainly would have not made it on the musical stage....can't sing (obviously dubbed), can't dance,...but that's irrelevant in the scheme of things. George Sanders, that most wonderful gentleman, doesn't get to be too suave in his part as the Scotland Yard inspector, but he is, as he always was, very good. And who could ever fault Sara Allgood, as Oberon's aunt......she never gave a bad performance in her long career.....just marvelous. This film is worth watching and you will agree that Laird Cregar is as good as it gets playing a very edgy man with some big problems!!


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