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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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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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Budget:

£12,000 (estimated)
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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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Assuming its copyright has not lapsed already, this film and all others produced in 1927 enter the U.S. public domain in 2023. 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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A compelling whodunit
30 August 2004 | by raymond-15See all my reviews

A stranger (Ivor Novello) in fog-bound London seeks accommodation from a family and they provide him with a small apartment upstairs. Their blond daughter is drawn towards this fascinating and somewhat mysterious gentleman. Her parents become suspicious of the intentions of the lodger and they live in fear of her safety. There is a serial killer abroad in the foggy streets and who knows? this stranger could be that maniac.

It is interesting to view an early Hitchcock film as far back as the silent era. I am surprised at the quality (despite a few scratches here and there). The addition of music is rather overdone in my opinion but it does fill in the empty silence and does add a dramatic effect. No doubt in the early days a capable pianist (below the screen) bashed out some impromptu music to fit the mood of each scene.

It is an uncomplicated story but that does not mean the guilty person is easily recognized (if at all!) Hitchcock likes to tease with a lodger who has shifty eyes, who paces the floor (what an original idea to photograph through a transparent floor), who has the wall pictures removed and who creeps out silently at night.

I feel that the atmosphere created is exceptional. Certainly a bit theatrical with exaggerated eye expressions but compelling nevertheless.

When you see a film of this vintage you realise how much film production had already advanced in the 20's and without the aid of all our recent technological contrivances.


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