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The Lodger

The Lodger was made in 1926 and released in 1927. Subtitle: A Story of the London Fog.
Production Company: Gainsborough
Based on the novel by Marie Adelaide Belloc-Lowndes

The Lodger is a film about a Jack the Ripper figure who goes about murdering blonde ladies leaving a calling card as "The Avenger".

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"It was the first time I really exercised my style [...] You might say that The Lodger was my first picture.""


"The Lodger is in every way a remarkable achievement."
Donald Spoto: The Art of Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock: "They wouldn't let Novello even be considered as a villain. The publicity angle carried the day, and we had to change the script to show that without a doubt he was innocent. So I just never even showed the real murderer."
Donald Spoto: The Dark Side of Genius, p. 85


Marie Ault... The Landlady
Arthur Chesney... Her Husband
June... Daisy - Their Daughter
Malcolm Keen... Joe - a Police Detective
Ivor Novello... The Lodger

The Lodger (1927) titles

Hitchcock Title The Lodger Hitchcock Title

Serial Killers in Hitchcock Movies

The Lodger The Avenger is serial killer who targets young blonde women.
Shadow of a Doubt Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotten) is a serial killer known as the "Merry Widow Murderer". He seduces, murders and robs wealthy widows.
Psycho When his mother found a lover, Norman Bates murdered both of them. He then stole his mother's corpse and preserved the body. He takes her identity and acts, talks, and dresses as she would. In the final scene, the sheriff mentions the unsolved disappearances of two other young girls.
Frenzy Bob Rusk (Barry Foster) is a fruit merchant who rapes and strangles women.

The Wrong Man Motif

In many Hitchcock movies an innocent man is escaping from the police (and often also the bad guys).


The Scream in Hitchcock Films

The Lodger

One of The Avenger's victims.

The Ring

Screaming from fear and joy at the fairground.

The Birds

The silent scream in The Birds is maybe the most expressive of them all. Jessica Tandy in shock.


Prayer doesn't help Barbara Leigh-Hunt's character Mrs. Blaney in Frenzy when she meets the serial killer



Alfred Hitchcock Cameos

Foreign Correspondent

After John Jones (Joel McCrea) leaves his hotel, Hitchcock is seen wearing a coat and hat and reading a newspaper.

The Birds

As Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) enters the pet shop, Hitch is leaving with two white Sealyham terriers.

Family Plot

Hitchcock's silhouette is seen through the door of the Registrar of Births and Deaths.


Hitchcock is entering from the left of the hotel corridor after Tippi Hedren passes by.

The Lodger

Hitchcock is sitting at a desk in the newsroom.

Torn Curtain

Hitchcock is sitting in the lobby of Hotel d'Angleterre, Copenhagen, with a baby on his knee. He shifts the child from one knee to the other.

Shadow of a Doubt

Hitchcock Cameo in Shadow of a Doubt

Shadow of a Doubt: Hitchock's cameo on the train taking uncle Charlie to Santa Rosa.

The Paradine Case

Hitchcock is leaving the train at Cumberland Station, carrying a cello case. Gregory Peck is carrying the suitcase.


Hitchcock wearing a cowboy hat can be seen through the office window when Janet Leigh is entering.


Alfred Hitchcock is seen in a grey suit walking in the street outside Gavin Elsters company buildings.

Young and Innocent

Hitchcock is standing outside the courthouse, holding a camera.

Stage Fright

Hichcock is turning to look back at Jane Wyman in her disguise as Marlene Dietrich's maid.

The Wrong Man

Alfred Hitchcock introduces The Wrong Man in what is not a normal cameo appearence.

North by Northwest

Hitchcock too late for the bus at the end of the titles sequence.


Hitchcock is standing on the street outside a store, "Cut Rate Drugs".
Originally Hitchcock wanted to do a cameo with his secretary at the time, Carol Stevens, as deaf and dumb persons walking down the street. Then Hitchcock was to have made a presumably indecent proposal using sign language, resulting in the woman slapping him in the face.



Original Title

German Title

Italian Title

French Title

The Pleasure Garden Irrgarten der Leidenschaft Il giardino del piacere Le Jardin d'Agrément
The Mountain Eagle Der Bergadler L'aquila della montagna L'Aigle de la Montagne
The Lodger
aka: The Case of Jonathan Drew (U.S.)
  Il pensionante Les Cheveux d'Or
Downhill   Il declino La Pente / Downhill
Easy Virtue   Virtù facile Le passé ne meurt pas
The Ring   Vinci per me Le Masque de cuir
The Farmer’s Wife   La moglie del fattore Laquelle des trois ?
Champagne   Tabarin di lusso À l'américaine / Champagne
The Manxman   L'isola del peccato The Manxman
Blackmail Erpressung Ricatto Chantage
Juno and the Paycock
aka: The Shame of Mary Boyle
  Giunone e il pavone Junon et le paon
Murder! Sir John greift ein Omicidio! Meurtre
The Skin Game Bis auf's Messer Fiamma d'amore The Skin Game
Number Seventeen Nummer Siebzehn Numero diciassette Numéro dix-sept
Rich and Strange Endlich sind wir reich Ricco e strano À l'est de Shanghai
Waltzes from Vienna
Strauss Great Waltz (U.S. title)
  Vienna di Strauss Le Chant du Danube
The Man Who Knew Too Much Der Mann, der zuviel wußte L'uomo che sapeva troppo L'Homme qui en savait trop
The 39 Steps 39 Stufen Il club dei trentanove Les 39 Marches
Secret Agent Geheimagent L'agente segreto Quatre de l'espionnage
Sabotage   Sabotaggio Agent secret
Young and Innocent
aka: The Girl Was Young (U.S. title)
Jung und unschuldig Giovane e innocente Jeune et innocent
The Lady Vanishes Eine Dame verschwindet La signora scompare Une femme disparaît
Jamaica Inn Riff-Piraten / Die Taverne von Jamaika La taverna della Giamaica La Taverne de la Jamaïque
Rebecca Rebecca / Rebekka Rebecca, la prima moglie Rebecca
Foreign Correspondent Mord Il prigioniero di Amsterdam Correspondant 17
Mr. and Mrs. Smith Mr. und Mrs. Smith Il signore e la signora Smith Joies matrimoniales
Suspicion Verdacht Il sospetto Soupçons
Saboteur Saboteure Sabotatori La Cinquième colonne
Shadow of a Doubt Im Schatten des Zweifels L'ombra del dubbio L'Ombre d'un doute
Lifeboat Das Rettungsboot Prigionieri dell'oceano Lifeboat
Spellbound Ich kämpfe um Dich Io ti salverò La Maison du docteur Edwardes
Notorious Berüchtigt
(Weißes Gift)
Notorious, l'amante perduta Les Enchaînés
The Paradine Case Der Fall Paradin Il caso Paradine Le Procès Paradine
Rope Cocktail für eine Leiche Nodo alla gola La Corde
Under Capricorn Sklavin des Herzens Il peccato di Lady Considine Les Amants du Capricorne
Stage Fright Die rote Lola Paura in palcoscenico Le Grand Alibi
Strangers on a Train Der Fremde im Zug
(Verschwörung im Nordexpress)
L'altro uomo L'Inconnu du Nord-Express
I Confess Ich beichte
(Zum Schweigen verurteilt)
Io confesso La Loi du silence
Dial M for Murder Bei Anruf Mord Il delitto perfetto Le crime était presque parfait
Rear Window Das Fenster zum Hof La finestra sul cortile Fenêtre sur cour
To Catch a Thief Über den Dächern von Nizza Caccia al ladro La Main au collet
The Trouble with Harry Immer Ärger mit Harry La congiura degli innocenti Mais qui a tué Harry
The Man Who Knew Too Much Der Mann, der zuviel wußte L'uomo che sapeva troppo L'Homme qui en savait trop
The Wrong Man Der falsche Mann Il ladro Le Faux Coupable
Vertigo Aus dem Reich der Toten La donna che visse due volte Sueurs froides
North by Northwest   Intrigo internazionale La Mort aux trousses
Psycho Psycho Psyco Psychose
The Birds Die Vögel Gli uccelli Les Oiseaux
Marnie Marnie Marnie Pas de printemps pour Marnie
Torn Curtain Der zerissene Vorhang Il sipario strappato Le Rideau déchiré
Topaz Topas Topaz L'Étau
Frenzy Frenzy Frenzy Frenzy
Family Plot Familiengrab

Complotto di famiglia

Complot de famille




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