The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog
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The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog
While the silent The Lodger was not director Alfred Hitchcock's first film, it was the first to truly deserve the designation "A Hitchcock Picture". British matinee idol Ivor Novello plays Jonathan Drew, a quiet, secretive young man who rents a room in a London boarding house. Drew's arrival coincides with the reign of Terror orchestrated by Jack the Ripper. As the film progresses, circumstantial evidence begins to mount, pointing to Drew as the selfsame Ripper. In addition to Novello's 1932 remake, The Lodger was remade in 1944 with Laird Cregar, then again in 1953 as… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The picture has a very, very excellent begining, a mediocre middle and a most deplorable ending. A minor fault is that its running time is about fifteen minutes too long."
‑ , New York Times
"Though the story has been remade many times, Hitchcock's silent version (his third work) holds up well, bearing the director's distinctive vision; he said his career relly began with that picture"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"This restoration of Hitchcock's 1926 silent melodrama offers a gripping prehistory not just of his own work, but the Hollywood thriller itself."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Make allowances for Ivor Novello's hammy acting as the mysterious lodger wrongly accused of the killings, and relish instead Hitch's intuitive grasp of visual storytelling."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"See it and see the birth of one of film's greatest directors."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Hitch's most overtly Hitchcockian silent film ..."
‑ Guy Lodge, Time Out
"A truly creepy cast adds to the suspense."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"One for Hitch fans, one for thriller fans, one for cinema fans. Do not miss."
‑ Wally Hammond, Little White Lies
"Brilliant visual touches."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Hitchcock's third film is his first suspense movie, and thus the first real "Hitchcock" movie."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Not a great film, but a remarkable one, with Hitchcock at his most 'innovative.'"
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Even with its obvious debt to German Expressionism, The Lodger has Hitchcock hallmarks. It's the master's first film to suggest a certain kind of fun and games as well as thrills."
‑ , This is London
"Sawhney's score brings contemporary melodies to Hitch's silent delight."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Beauty protected and destroyed, shot fittingly with a Germanic eye"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Quite effective early Hitchcock thriller."
‑ Steve Crum,
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