THE LODGER (1944 U.S.) D: JOHN BRAHM W: BARRE LYNDON P: ROBERT BASSLER
Third screen version of Marie Belloc Lowndes` novel is not bad, but pales in comparison to Hitchcock's innovative silent original. Laird Gregar is the mysterious new houseguest suspected of being Jack the Ripper by a nosy family. Merle Oberon is the stage actress daughter in danger and George Sanders investigates. With Cedric Hardwicke, Doris Lloyd and David Clyde. In b/w. MAN IN THE ATTIC was the next version in 1953.

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