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

You clatter like a horse.

You'll not steal up

on any Jack the Ripper...

thunderin' through

the streets like that.

Three thousand men

called out...

all wearin' rubber slips on their boots-

except the Yorkshiremen.

And one Yorkshireman's

worth the lot of you.

Never mind me boots.

They'd be better off

giving us guns...

not yawpin' about rubber soles.

And what do we do with this...

against a cunning devil

with a long, sharp knife?

- An Irishman knows what to do with that.

- You go now, Katy.

Now go home, and don't come back here

tlll you learn how to behave yourself.

- I won't go home.

- I've warned you, Katy, 100 times if I've said it once.

Let go of me.

I'll go when I'm ready and not before.

- Let go of me!

- Now, come now.

- Is that any way to be acting?

- Now, just gentle like.

Easy and gentle, if you please.

Three strong men, it takes-

Three men to keep one poor woman

from having a little drink.

Now, you'll be feelin' fine

after a little sleep. Come on.

I'm feeling fine now, you great ape.

You've got a quick eye, miss.

He is a bit like an ape.

- Here, you for home. You've had enough.

- Now look here.

I will drink till I float if I want to...

- and no one is going to stop me.

- I might-

Here, let me handle this.

You see, miss, it's our duty to protect you

from Jack the Ripper.

I don't think you mind

a bit of protection...

from a fiend like that, do ya?

You know...

I will be honored...

to have a stalwart

and polite constable such as you...

take me home.

I live... just around the corner.

Just around the corner.

You know, it's a rare thing...

to find a constable

with such lovely manners.

Yorkshire gallantry, ma'am.

Well, here it is.

And-And-And thank you kindly.

It's our pleasure, ma'am.

Sleep well.

Thank you. Good night.

Good night.

Bah. Rot. Rot!

This fellow George Bernard Shaw

should be shipped back to Ireland posthaste.

- What did you say, dear?

- I was talking to the dog.

About what, dear?

I said George Bernard Shaw

should be sent back to Ireland.

Why? What did he say

that you don't like?

He said if a duchess

went down to Whitechapel...

and got slaughtered

by Jack the Ripper...

something would be done to protect

the lives of the poor women who live there.

- Well, it's true, isn't it?

- In the first place, it's not true.

The second, I was talking to my dog.

Very well, but I think at least

you should tell him both sides.

That's ridiculous.

Now who could that be,

this time of night?

I'm sure if you think carefully,

you will discover a way of finding out.


I feel something.

- Helen.

- Well, I do.

Good evening.

Do you have rooms to let?

I saw your advertisement...

and the estate agents

gave me this order to view.

You must forgive me for coming so late.

I was working.

Oh, yes, of course.

We do have rooms.

Please come in.

- I'm Mrs. Harley.

- My name is Slade.

- Well, Helen, who Is It?

- My husband, Mr. Harley.

This is Mr. Slade, dear.

He's come to see the rooms.

Yes. How do you do?

That's odd, you know.

He never does that with strangers.

May I see the rooms, Mrs. Harley?

Oh, yes, of course, Mr. Slade.

If you'll just come upstairs-

Here we are.

I'm awfully glad

I dusted In here today.

I had a feeling someone might come.

I'm sure you'd be

very comfortable here.

Uh, this is the bedroom.

These are the only rooms

you have, Mrs. Harley?

I could let you have them

quite reasonably.

There Isn't anything else,

except the attic, of course.

The attic?

Please let me see it.

It's really very small, you know.

I would like very much to see it.

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