The Lodger (1944 Crime, Horror, Mystery film) ( Jack the Ripper)

The Lodger is a 1944 horror film about Jack the Ripper, based on the novel of the same name by Marie Belloc Lowndes. It stars Merle Oberon, George Sanders, and Laird Cregar, features Sir Cedric Hardwicke, and was directed by John Brahm from a screenplay by BarrĂ© Lyndon. Lowndes’ story had previously been filmed in 1927 as a silent film, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and with sound in 1932 as The Lodger. It was remade again in 1953 as Man in the Attic, starring Jack Palance, and again in 2009 by David Ondaatje. Plot Slade, a serial killer, is a lodger in a 19th-century family’s London home. So is a singer, Kitty Langley, who definitely has caught Slade’s eye. Women are being brutally killed in the Whitechapel district. Scotland Yard is investigating, and a detective, John Warwick, begins to cast his suspicions in Slade’s direction. Kitty, meanwhile, has also developed an attraction to Slade. Slade goes to see her perform at a cabaret. He goes backstage afterward, and tries to make her his next victim, but Warwick’s men get there just in time. Unwilling to be taken into police custody, Slade flees to the riverbank, and leaps to his death. Cast Merle Oberon as Kitty Langley (singing voice was dubbed by Lorraine Elliott) Laird Cregar as Mr. Slade, the lodger George Sanders as Inspector John Warwick Sir Cedric Hardwicke as Robert Bonting Sara Allgood as Ellen Bonting Aubrey Mather as Superintendent Sutherland Queenie Leonard as Daisy, the maid Doris Lloyd as Jennie David Clyde as Sergeant Bates Helena Pickard as Annie Rowley Ted Billings as News Vendor (uncredited) Cyril Delevanti as Stagehand (uncredited) Stuart Holmes as King Edward (uncredited) Olaf Hytten as Harris (uncredited)

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