The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog
The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1928)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 10, 1928
DVD Release Date: April 2, 1994
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
New York Times

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.

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Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

Hitchcock began as a title designer and an art director before graduating to the director's chair and he draws on those talents, as well as his lessons from the German film studios where expressionism was the rage, for this film.

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Emanuel Levy

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

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Guy Lodge
Time Out

Hitch's most overtly Hitchcockian silent film ...

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Alfred Hitchcock had already directed a couple of films before helming The Lodger, but this is the movie that was commonly called (even by the Master himself) "the first Alfred Hitchcock picture."

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

A truly creepy cast adds to the suspense.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Not a great film, but a remarkable one, with Hitchcock at his most 'innovative.'

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Kevin Maher
Times (UK)

Hitchcock's most underrated movie.

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London Evening Standard

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Now we're cookin'. This is very early Hitchock, like I think one of his first five films. But even though it wasn't his very first, it was the… More
Chris Garman
Alfred Hitchcock considered this film his first movie, ignoring his two previous attempts at direction as he considered them not very well made. The Lodger… More
Reid Volk
I'm starting to think that Hitchcock was better suited for a career of silent films. With no dialogue spoken, Hitch weaves an intricate tale of murder,… More
Jeremy Smith
This 1926 early Hitchcock classic, has all the hallmarks of Hitchcock's later classics. And stars the sex-symbol Ivor Novello.
Stella Dallas
ivor novello was a bit hammy but he compensated by turning up later as a character in gosford park :) seriously, the film owes ALOT to the german… More
Cameron Johnson
Ah, yes, "The Lodgercal Song", a classic, pseudo-progressive pop rock song by Supertramp. Hey, I'm sorry for that lame joke, but a reference to… More