The Lodger (1944)

USA, 1943
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by John Brahm.

Plot Summary

In Victorian London, as Jack the Ripper preys on actresses, the Burtons take in a new lodger. He seems nice enough, but his behaviour soon starts to arouse suspicion – could he be the Ripper?


* = uncredited

Directed by: John Brahm
Copyright MCMLIV [1944] by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Twentieth Century-Fox presents. Released through Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Produced by: Robert Bassler
Screen Play by: Barré Lyndon
From the Novel by: Marie Belloc Lowndes
Director of Photography: Lucien Ballard
Film Editor: J. Watson Webb Jr
Music: Hugo W. Friedhofer *
Sound: E. Clayton Ward, Roger Heman
RCA Sound System
Costumes: René Hubert
Makeup Artist: Guy Pearce
Special Photographic Effects: Fred Sersen
Art Direction: James Basevi, John Ewing

Merle Oberon (Kitty Langley)
George Sanders (John Warwick)
Laird Cregar (Slade)
Sir Cedric Hardwicke (Robert Burton)
Sara Allgood (Ellen)
Aubrey Mather (Superintendent Sutherland)
Queenie Leonard (Daisy)
Doris Lloyd (Jennie)
David Clyde (Detective Sergeant Bates)
Helena Pickard (Annie Rowley)
Anita Bolster [Wiggy] *

Alternative Titles

Hämnaren – Sweden
Jack, el destripador – Spain
Der Mädchenmörder – Austria
Il pensionante – Italy
Scotland Yard greift ein – Austria, Germany

Remake of
The Lodger (1927)

Man in the Attic (1953)



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