Man in the Attic

Synopsis: London, 1888: on the night of the third Jack the Ripper killing, soft-spoken Mr. Slade, a research pathologist, takes lodgings with the Harleys, including a gloomy attic room for "experiments." Mrs. Harley finds Slade odd and increasingly suspects the worst; her niece Lily (star of a decidedly Parisian stage revue) finds him interesting and increasingly attractive. Is Lily in danger, or are her aunt's suspicions merely a red herring?
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Director(s): Hugo Fregonese
Production: VCI Entertainment
82 min

Do you like those?

They're old-time actresses.

Quaint, aren't they?

As you see,

it isn't very nice.

Excellent. This is excellent.

Exactly what I need, madam.

You see, I am a pathologist.

I need a place to study

and do a little experimental work...

where I won't be interrupted.

I'd take the other rooms

as well, of course.

I would live downstairs

and work up here.

- Would that be all right with you?

- Yes, of course.

This will be most useful.

I suppose a scientist's experiments always

seem mysterious to other people.

I assure you,

I won't be doing anything dangerous.

That's good.

May I take the rooms tonight?

Yes. Uh, but the terms-

Would five pounds a month

be acceptable?

- Aye, well, now, that's more than adequate.

- Done.

You're our first

paylng guest, Mr. Slade.

You see, we've come upon

a period of hard times.

So you must now let rooms?

Yes. Mr. Harley suffered

business reverses...

and with nothing to do,

he's become so nervous and restless.

If at times he seems

a little eccentric or rude...

- you will understand, won't you?

- Of course I will.

I believe I should

pay you now, Mrs. Harley.

My habits are irregular,

I'm afraid.

I often need to be out

late at night.

But I will be very quiet.

If you'll just regard me

as a lodger, not as a guest...

you'll-you'll hardly know

I'm in the house.

- A month in advance.

- Oh, you are thoughtful, Mr. Slade.

I'm so pleased

it was you who came.

Are you?

Well, that's very kind.

The maid will get your meals

whenever you want them.

- You have a maid?

- Yes.

This happens to be

her night out.

But I can get you

some dinner, if you'd like.


This is a beautiful old Bible.

Yes. It belonged

to my grandmother.

I hope you'll not take it away.

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