The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)

83m, 2342.39 metres/6 reels
35mm film, black and white, 1.33:1

A British horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

Plot Summary

London is terrorized by a serial killer dubbed The Avenger by the press, preying exclusively on blonde haired women. Amidst the mayhem, a mysterious stranger takes up lodgings at the boarding house run by Mr. and Mrs Bunting. He ventures out during foggy nights, has a photograph of a blonde woman in his room and takes an interest in the Bunting's blonde-haired daughter. Could he be The Avenger?


* = uncredited

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Michael Balcon and Carlyle Blackwell by arrangement with C.M. Woolf present. Produced by Gainsborough Pictures. Controlled throughout the world by Piccadilly Pictures, Ltd.
United Kingdom Rights: W&F Film Service Ltd.
Scenario: Eliot Stannard, Alfred Hitchcock (uncredited)
From the novel by Mrs Belloc Lowndes
Assistant Director: Alma Reville
Photography: Baron Ventimiglia
Editing and Titling: Ivor Montagu
Music: Ashley Irwin (1999 re-issue); Nitin Sawhney (2012 re-issue)
Scoring Mixer: Malcolm Luker (1999 re-issue)
Title Designs: E. McKnight Kauffer
Art Directors: C. Wilfrid Arnold and Bertram Evans
Studio: Islington Studios, London, England, UK *

Ivor Novello (Jonathan Drew (the lodger))
Marie Ault [the landlady [Mrs Bunting]] *
Arthur Chesney [her husband [Mr Bunting]] *
June Tripp [Daisy Bunting, a mannequin] *
Malcolm Keen [Joe Chandler] *
Helena Pick [Anne Rowley] *
Alfred Hitchcock [extra in arrest scene] *

Alternative Titles

The Case of Jonathan Drew
Les Cheveux d'or – France
El enemigo de las rubias – Spain
O Hóspede – Portugal
El inquilino – Venezuela
L'inquilino – Italy
The Lodger
London-mysteriet – Denmark
Der Mieter – Eine Geschichte aus dem Londoner Nebel – Germany
Der Mieter – Germany
Il pensionante – Italy

The Lodger (1932)
The Lodger (1944)
Man in the Attic (1954)

See also
Peeping Tom (1960)
Summer of Sam (1999)
The Wrong Trousers (1993)

Extracts included in
78/52 (2017)
The Men Who Made the Movies: Alfred Hitchcock (1973)
Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood (1996)
Hitchcock: Shadow of a Genius (1999)



  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis 230-231
  • by Walt Lee p.264 – credits
  • Serial Killer Cinema: An Analytical Filmography by Robert Cetti p.255-256

Other sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide June 2012 p.18 – illustrated listing
  • BFI Southbank Guide August 2013 p.23 – illustrated listing