THE LODGER (1926 U.K.) D/W: ALFRED HITCHCOCK W: ELIOT STANNARD P: MICHAEL BALCON/CARLYLE BLACKWELL SR. (uncredited)
After one uncompleted movie, one uncredited one and two official ones, Hitchcock made his first suspense thriller. It`s good, and shows Hitchcock borrowing very promisingly from the German expressionists , but seeing it completely silent (with no accompanying soundtrack) was distracting. Ivor Novello is the myserious new tenant who may be "The Avenger", a woman killer stalking the streets of London once a week (the print i saw was subtitled: A Tale Of The London Fog, with obvious Jack The Ripper connotations). When he starts seeing a girl, her jealous wannabe boyfriend police detective is sure he`s guilty and a great mob chase scene ensues. Hitchcok has his first cameo in a crowd scene, and made use of some innovative techniques (like glass floors). With Marie Ault and Reginald Gardiner. Based on a novel by Marie Belloc Lowndes, adapted a further four times. Firstly in 1932.

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