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The Lodger: A Story Of The London Fog (1927)
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The Lodger: A Story Of The London Fog (1927) A serial killer known as "the avenger" is murdering blonde women in London. A new lodger, Jonathan Drew, arrives at Mr. and Mrs. Bounting's in Bloomsbury and rents a room. The man has some strange habits, he goes out during foggy nights and keeps a picture of a blonde girl in his bedroom. The Bounting's daughter, Daisy, is a blonde model and she is engaged to Joe, a detective. When Joe finds out that Bounting suspects Jonathan, he is jealous of the lodger flirting with Daisy and arrests the man accusing him of being the avenger.

Title: Lodger: A Story Of The London Fog, The
Release Date: June 10, 1928
Runtime: 74 mins
Genre: Crime
All Genres: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
Colors: Black and White
Sound: Silent
IMDB Rating: 7.4
Buried.com Rating: 8.4 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With L

MPAA Rating: Unrated

Alfred Hitchcock

Marie Ault ...The Landlady
Arthur Chesney ...Her Husband
June ...Daisy - Their Daughter
Malcolm Keen ...Joe - a Police Detective
Ivor Novello ...The Lodger
Reginald Gardiner ...
Eve Gray ...Showgirl Victim
Alfred Hitchcock ...Extra in Newspaper Office
Alma Reville ...Woman Listening to Wireless

Michael Balcon
Carlyle Blackwell

Marie Belloc Lowndes
Eliot Stannard
Alfred Hitchcock
Marie Belloc Lowndes

Ashley Irwin

Movie Quote(s):
  • Joe Betts: When I've put a rope round the Avenger's neck, I'll put a ring around Daisy's finger.
  • [first lines] Female eyewitness: Tall he was - and his face all wrapped up.
  • [last lines] The Landlady: Your toothbrush - you left it behind.
  • Joe Betts: Does this lodger of yours mean any harm to Daisy? The Landlady: Don't be silly, Joe. He's not that sort. Joe Betts: Even if he's a bit queer, he's a gentleman.
  • Jonathan Drew: [playing chess] Be careful, I'll get you yet.
Movie Trivia:
  • Alfred Hitchcock wanted an ambiguous ending to the film, but the studio wouldn't allow it to be implied that the lodger might actually be the murderer.
  • The movie is based on the book of the same name. It was the first book to offer a solution to the Jack The Ripper killings. The book is supposedly based on an anecdote told to the painter Walter Sickert by the landlady when renting a room; she said that the previous tenant had been Jack the Ripper.
  • Director Cameo: [Alfred Hitchcock] a desk in the newsroom early in the film. Some people claim he also appears later in the crowd lynch scene.
  • Hitchcock told François Truffaut that, though he had made two films prior to this, he considered this his first true film.
  • Debut of Reginald Gardiner.
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