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The Phantom Fiend (1932)

The Lodger (original title)
A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London.


Maurice Elvey


Marie Belloc Lowndes (novel) (as Mrs. Belloc Lowndes), Miles Mander (scenario) | 2 more credits »


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Ivor Novello ... Angeloff
Elizabeth Allan ... Daisy Bunting
A.W. Baskcomb ... Mr. Bunting
Barbara Everest Barbara Everest ... Mrs. Bunting (as Barbara Everst)
Jack Hawkins ... John Martin
Shayle Gardner Shayle Gardner ... Detective Snell
Peter Gawthorne Peter Gawthorne ... Lord Southcliff
Kynaston Reeves Kynaston Reeves ... Bob Mitchell (as P. Kynaston Reeves)
Drusilla Wills Drusilla Wills ... Mrs. Coles
Anthony Holles Anthony Holles ... Silvono
George Merritt ... Commissioner
Molly Fisher Molly Fisher ... Gladys Sims (as Mollie Fisher)
Andreas Malandrinos Andreas Malandrinos ... Rabinovitch (as Andrea Malandrinas)
Iris Ashley Iris Ashley ... Police Commissioner's Daughter


A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Release Date:

8 September 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Phantom Fiend See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ivor Novello reprises his lead role from Alfred Hitchcock's silent classic The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927). Hitchcock was asked to direct the sound remake of his 1927 film, but declined. See more »


Near the end, in the public house scene, Michel (Ivor Novello) overturns his drink of beer and we see the glass fragments spilled onto his table. In the next shot of the table the main piece of broken glass is miraculously upright. Subsequently, the shattered glass reverts back to its original state when a waiter picks up the largest intact piece of glass and places it upright on the table. See more »


Referenced in Gosford Park (2001) See more »

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Interesting Curio
16 May 2009 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Enjoyed this film very much. I am making my way through my DVD gift box of mysteries (a trudge,sometimes) and I am always pleased to come across an unknown gem - unknown,at least,to me. Have seen "The Lodger" many times but this one was made special by Ivor Novello, whom I had never seen, and Jack Hawkins, who never looked so young in any picture I had seen.

It was early in the sound era which could explain the hammy acting, and so I overlooked it. I thought Ivor Novello was an almost hypnotic presence - too bad he made so few movies.I also enjoyed the trick ending which was different than the American version but, from what a reviewer from the U.K. states, is the way it was in the original Hitchcock version, which I have never seen.

All in all, a very pleasant surprise. I hope I find a few more in my collection. The transfer copy must have been very old and it is probably a title hard to come by, which would account for the occasional blotches on the print and garbled sound track, but it really is better than the 6 rating it presently sports, and I gave it a rating of 7.

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