Watch: The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog 1927 123movies, Full Movie Online – A serial killer known as “The Avenger” is on the loose in London, murdering blonde women. A mysterious man arrives at the house of Mr. and Mrs. Bunting looking for a room to rent. The Bunting’s daughter is a blonde model and is seeing one of the detectives assigned to the case. The detective becomes jealous of the lodger and begins to suspect he may be the avenger..
Plot: London. A mysterious serial killer brutally murders young blond women by stalking them in the night fog. One foggy, sinister night, a young man who claims his name is Jonathan Drew arrives at the guest house run by the Bunting family and rents a room.
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A very good early Hitchcock film
A story loosely based on Jack the Ripper. In London a killer called the Avenger goes around killing blond-haired girls. Around this time Mr. and Mrs. Bunting take in a lodger (Ivor Novello). He’s quiet but very odd. He takes a liking to their blond-haired daughter Daisy (June Tripp). But then the Buntings begin to suspect that he may be the Avenger and want Daisy as his next victim…
Hitchcock’s first thriller and a very good one. Very few title cards are used–he uses images to carry the film. Sometimes it works but, more than once, I was confused. It was one of his first films though so this can be forgiven. It also moves a bit too slow. But it’s still worth seeing.
You can see the beginnings of his later work peeking through and there are some sequences so well directed that they’re stunning (the one where Novello and Tripp kiss is just SO beautiful). Also the acting is actually quite good by everybody–especially Novello. He was a box office draw in the 1920s and it’s easy to see why. The man is not only a good actor he was undeniably beautiful. It’s easy to see why he was once called one of the most beautiful men alive.
Novello was gay–I wonder if Hitch knew that. There are two lines in this film where people talk about his character–“Good thing he doesn’t like girls” and “Even if he is a bit queer”. These lines are quite interesting now–I wonder if they were put in on purpose or just happened to be written without anyone knowing. Interesting to think about…
Atmospheric Hitchcock Silent
Super atmospheric Hitchcock silent film set in London about a young male boarder who may or may not be a serial killer.
The boarder is played by actor Ivor Novello, and the main draw for me in this film — aside from it being a Hitchcock movie — is that Ivor Novello is a character in Robert Altman’s murder mystery “Gosford Park,” and “The Lodger” specifically is mentioned in an exchange between Novello (played by Jeremy Northam) and a snooty dowager played by Maggie Smith. In “Gosford Park,” Novello is constantly singing and playing the piano, and it wasn’t until I watched “The Lodger” and learned a bit more about Novello that I found out he was more known as a musician than an actor, and that much of the music in “Gosford Park” is his.
So this isn’t really a review as much as a lot of trivia, but I don’t have a lot to say about this movie anyway. I enjoyed it, and it feels like what it is — an early film by someone who would eventually grow into one of the masters of the art form.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 32 min (92 min), 1 hr 8 min (68 min) (Finland), 1 hr 14 min (74 min) (National Film Archive print), 1 hr 30 min (90 min) (TCM print) (USA), 1 hr 7 min (67 min) (video) (Spain), 1 hr 38 min (98 min) (Ontario) (Canada), 1 hr 32 min (92 min) (theatrical) (2012), 1 hr 30 min (90 min) (20 fps) (2012 restoration) (UK)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director Alfred Hitchcock
Writer Marie Belloc Lowndes, Eliot Stannard, Alfred Hitchcock
Actors June Tripp, Ivor Novello, Marie Ault
Country United Kingdom
Awards 1 win & 2 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Silent
Aspect Ratio 1.33 : 1
Film Length 740 m (Finland, 16 mm), 2,336 m (Spain), 2,342.39 m (6 reels) (USA)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm