The Lodger

The Lodger

Alfred Hitchcock (1926)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Alfred Hitchcock once called this the "first true Hitchcock" movie. In addition to being the first in which he explored his favourite theme of the innocent in danger, it also marked his debut before the camera, in one of those celebrated fleeting cameos. This silent thriller, which was clearly influenced by German expressionism, was dismissed as a disaster by the film's distributors, but the critics proclaimed it the best British film made to date. The action is based on a potboiler about Jack the Ripper and the mysterious lodger of the title is played with suitable extravagance by matinée idol Ivor Novello. A truly creepy cast adds to the suspense.


An innocent Londoner is wrongly accused of murdering seven women by a tenacious policeman and pursued through the city streets by a vengeful mob. Alfred Hitchcock's silent thriller, starring Ivor Novello, Marie Ault and Arthur Chesney.

Cast & Crew

The Lodger / Jonathan Drew Ivor Novello
Daisy Bunting June
Mrs Bunting Marie Ault
Mr Bunting Arthur Chesney
Joe Betts Malcolm Keen
Director Alfred Hitchcock
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Other Information

Black and whiteTheatrical distributor: BFIAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 10 Aug 2012