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Man in the Attic

Man in the Attic

Hugo Fregonese (1953)

79min
Sat 17 Dec 11pm - 12:40am Talking Pictures
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Review

Our Score
Marie Belloc Lowndes's novel The Lodger, about a man suspected of being Jack the Ripper, was filmed twice in Britain with Ivor Novello, then again in Hollywood with Laird Cregar. Fox dug out its old script, had a new writer make some unhelpful alterations and turned out this modestly budgeted thriller to exploit Jack Palance's sudden rise to villainous stardom. He's too obviously sinister and the other players are weak, but the story is virtually fool-proof and director Hugo Fregonese whips up some chilling moments and a good Victorian atmosphere.

Summary

Jack Palance stars as a softly spoken research pathologist who takes lodgings in a woman's gloomy attic, just as Jack the Ripper claims his third victim, and it's not long before his landlady begins to suspect the worst. Remake of The Lodger, also starring Constance Smith and Byron Palmer.

Cast & Crew

Slade Jack Palance
Lily Bonner Constance Smith
Paul Warwick Byron Palmer
Helen Harley Frances Bavier
William Harley Rhys Williams
Director Hugo Fregonese
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd

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