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The Lodger (1944 film)

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Director  John Brahm
Music director  Hugo Friedhofer
Language  English
7.3/10 IMDb

Genre  Crime, Horror, Mystery
Screenplay  Barre Lyndon
Country  United States
Release date  January 19, 1944 (1944-01-19) (United States)
Based on  the novel The Lodger  by Marie Belloc Lowndes
Writer  Barre Lyndon (screen play), Marie Belloc Lowndes (from the novel by)
Cast  Merle Oberon (Kitty Langley), George Sanders (Inspector John Warwick), Laird Cregar (Mr. Slade), Cedric Hardwicke (Robert Bonting), Sara Allgood (Ellen Bonting), Aubrey Mather (Supt. Sutherland)
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The lodger 1944

The Lodger is a 1944 horror film about Jack the Ripper, based on the novel of the same name by Marie Belloc Lowndes. It stars Merle Oberon, George Sanders and Laird Cregar, features Sir Cedric Hardwicke and was directed by John Brahm from a screenplay by Barré Lyndon.



Lowndes' story had previously been filmed in 1926 as a silent film, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and with sound in 1932 as The Lodger. It was remade again in 1953 as Man in the Attic, starring Jack Palance and again in 2009 by David Ondaatje.



The Lodger (1944 film) movie scenes

Slade, a serial killer, is a lodger in a 19th-century family's London home. So is a singer, Kitty Langley, who definitely has caught Slade's eye.


Women are being brutally killed in the Whitechapel district. Scotland Yard is investigating and a detective, John Warwick, begins to cast his suspicions in Slade's direction. Kitty, meanwhile, has also developed an attraction to Slade.


Slade goes to see her perform at a cabaret. He goes backstage afterward and tries to make her his next victim, but Warwick's men get there just in time. Unwilling to be taken into police custody, Slade flees to the riverbank and leaps to his death.


  • Merle Oberon as Kitty Langley (singing voice was dubbed by Lorraine Elliott)
  • Laird Cregar as Mr. Slade, the lodger
  • George Sanders as Inspector John Warwick
  • Sir Cedric Hardwicke as Robert Bonting
  • Sara Allgood as Ellen Bonting
  • Aubrey Mather as Superintendent Sutherland
  • Queenie Leonard as Daisy, the maid
  • Doris Lloyd as Jennie
  • Helena Pickard as Annie Rowley
  • Gerald Hamer as The Milkman
  • Reception


    The New York Times gave the film a positive review, "If The Lodger was designed to chill the spine—as indeed it must have been, considering all the mayhem Mr. Cregar is called upon to commit as the mysterious, psychopathic pathologist of the title—then something is wrong with the picture. But, if it was intended as a sly travesty on the melodramatic technique of ponderously piling suspicion upon suspicion (and wrapping the whole in a cloak of brooding photographic effects), then The Lodger is eminently successful." Variety wrote, "With a pat cast, keen direction and tight scripting, 20th-Fox has an absorbing and, at times, spine-tingling drama". TV Guide rated it 4/5 stars and wrote, "Cregar is absolutely chilling in this Jack the Ripper tale, perhaps the best film made about Bloody Jack."

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    The Lodger (1944 film) movie scenes
    The Lodger (1944 film) movie scenes


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