Man in the Attic

Man in the Attic

Hugo Fregonese (1953)

PG Certificate


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.


A softly spoken research pathologist takes lodgings in a woman's gloomy attic, just as Jack the Ripper claims his third victim, and it is not long before his landlady begins to suspect the worst. Thriller, starring Jack Palance and Constance Smith.

Cast & Crew

Actor Jack Palance
Actor Constance Smith
Actor Byron Palmer
Director Hugo Fregonese

Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd