Man in the Attic (1953)

35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Hugo Fregonese.

Plot Summary

As stalks Victorian London, pathologist Mr Slade arrives at the home of the Harleys looking for lodgings. As time goes on, Mrs Harley comes to suspect that Slade might really be the Ripper.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Hugo Fregonese
Copyright MCMLIII [1953] by Twentieth Century-Fox
Twentieth Century-Fox. Panoramic Productions. Leonard Goldstein presents. Released by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Produced by: Robert L. Jacks
Screen Play by: Robert Presnell Jr and Barre Lyndon
Based on “The Lodger” by Marie Belloc Lowndes
Assistant Director: Buddy Erickson
Director of Photography: Leo Tover
Film Editor: Marjorie Fowler
Musical Direction: Lionel Newman
Sound: Arthur Kirbach
Western Electric Recording
Costumes Designed by: Travilla
Wardrobe Direction: Charles Le Maire
Makeup Artist: Lou Hippe
Art Direction: Lyle Wheeler, Leland Fuller
Set Decorations: Eli Benneche
Choreography by: Willetta Smith

Jack Palance (Slade)
Constance Smith (Lily Bonner)
Byron Palmer (Inspector Paul Warwick)
Frances Bavier (Helen Harley)
Rhys Williams (William Harley)
Sean McClory (constable #1)
Leslie Bradley (constable #2)
Tita Phillips (Daisy)
Lester Matthews (Chief Inspector Melville)
Harry Cording (Sergeant Bates)
Lisa Daniels (Mary Renihan)
Lilian Bond [Annie Rowley] *
Isabel Jewell [Katy] *

Alternative Titles

El hombre del Ático – Argentina
Mannen i vindskupan – Sweden
La mano nell'ombra
– Italy
Mies ullakolla
– Finland
Der Unheimliche Untermieter
– Austria, West Germany

Remake of
The Lodger (1927)
The Lodger (1944)