The Lodger [Blu-ray] [1944]

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Overview

Special Features

  • 2007 restoration comparison
  • Animated image montage
  • Audio commentary by film historian Gregory William Mank
  • Audio commentary by film historians Alain Silver and James Ursini
  • The Lodger vintage radio show performed by Vincent Price and Cathy Lewis
  • The Man in the Attic: the making of The Lodger - featurette
  • Trailers

Synopsis

The Lodger
The Lodger was the third film version of Mrs. Marie Belloc-Lowndes' classic "Jack the Ripper" novel, and in many eyes it was the best (even allowing for the excellence of the 1925 Alfred Hitchcock adaptation). Laird Cregar stars as the title character, a mysterious, secretive young man who rents a flat in the heart of London's Whitechapel district. The Lodger's arrival coincides with a series of brutal murders, in which the victims are all female stage performers. None of this fazes Kitty (Merle Oberon), the daughter of a "good family" who insists upon pursuing a singing and dancing career. Scotland Yard inspector John Warwick (George Sanders), in love with Kitty, worries about her safety and works day and night to solve the murders. All the while, Kitty draws inexorably closer to The Lodger, who seems to have some sort of vendetta on his mind?..Some slight anachronisms aside (for example, the villain falls off a bridge that hadn't yet been built at the time of the story), The Lodger is pulse-pounding entertainment, with a disturbingly brilliant performance by the late, great Laird Cregar. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Merle Oberon
    Merle Oberon - Kitty Langley
  • George Sanders
    George Sanders - John Warwick
  • Laird Cregar
    Laird Cregar - The Lodger
  • Cedric Hardwicke
    Cedric Hardwicke - Robert Burton
  • Sara Allgood
    Sara Allgood - Ellen
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