The Lodger

Synopsis: In late Victorian London, Jack the Ripper has been killing and maiming actresses in the night. The Burtons are forced to take in a lodger due to financial hardship. He seems like a nice young man, but Mrs. Burton suspects him of being the ripper because of some mysterious and suspicious habits, and fears for her beautiful actress niece who lives with them.
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery
Director(s): John Brahm
Production: 20th Century Fox
84 min

"...murders being committed

in our midst."

"Police inadequate."

"We intend offering

a substantial reward...

to anyone, citizen or otherwise...

"who shall give information

bringing the murderer...

or murderers to justice."


Eh! Blimey! It's been rainin'.

Look at all them puddles.

You mustn't be frightened by 'em.

Ain't it a shame

to break up the party?

How about a song, Katie?

Sing that "Ria all over again. Ready?

Well done, Katie!

Look out for Jack the Ripper.

Don't let 'im get you, dearie.

I'll be all right.

There are plenty of policemen about.

- Have you got far to go?

- Only 'round the next corner.

Very well. Good night.

Good night.

Good night, Katie.

Good night, all.

Hello. Who are you?

What do you want?

It was the Ripper all right.

He done her the same way as the others.

They only just found her.

Isn't it awful, what's happenin'.

It's hardly more than a week

since the last.

I saw 'im!

I saw the Ripper.

He ran down the other alley.

- It must be him.

- Did you see his face?

No. Not in the dark.

Like a shadow he was.

She's the fourth

he's done 'round here.

Right in the streets...

under your very noses.


Special edition!

Extra! Special edition!

Lord love me! They've seen him!

They seen the Ripper.

Murder in White chapel! Murder!

The Ripper's been seen!

Read about it! Read all about it!

They've seen the Ripper!

Murder in White chapel!

Read all about it!

Murder in White chapel!

Paper! Ripper sensation!

Jack the Ripper still at large!

Read all about it!

Murder in White chapel!

Jack the Ripper still at large!

- Boy! Paper.

- Jack the Ripper still at large!

- Read all about it!

- Aye, boy! Paper.

Murder in White chapel!

Murder in White chapel!

Read all about it!

- Here, boy!

- Murder in Whitecha... Thank you, governor.

Jack the Ripper still at large!

Read all about it!

Paper, sir?

Jack the Ripper still at large!

Read all about it!

Amazing. Another murder in the same

district committed in the same way.

Throat cut from behind.


- You have rooms to let?

- Hmm?

I saw your advertisement, and the estate

agents gave me this order to view.

Well, you better come in.

We don't really make a habit

of letting rooms, you know.

Itjust so happens, at the moment,

we might be able to accommodate someone.

I'll call my wife.

- Ellen.

- Yes, darling?

This gentleman has come

about the, uh, advertisement.

- Oh. How do you do?

- How do you do?

The rooms are upstairs, Mr., uh...

My name is Slade.

Slade? How odd.

We have a Slade Walk

at the corner of the square here.

Now, if you'll come this way.

Here we are.

My Aunt Sophie occupied this part

of the house before she died.

I'm sure you'll be

very comfortable here.

- This is the bedroom.

- These are the only rooms you have?

I'm afraid so.

- There are the attics of course.

- Attics?

Mi-Might I see them?

Why, they're not very well furnished,

but if you wish.

Those are old-time actresses.

Quaint, aren't they?

My aunt's maid used these attics.

This one is quite empty.

This one was used as a kitchen.

It's excellent.

This is excellent...

exactly what I need.

You see, I'm a pathologist,

a sort of medical scientist.

I wanted to find a place where I could study

and do a little experimental work.

I'd take the other rooms as well...

live in them and work up here.

- Would that be all right?

- Of course.

This would be particularly useful...

because, occasionally,

I require great heat.

Would there be any objection

to my moving in tonight?

I don't even want to go out again.

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Barré Lyndon

Barré Lyndon (pseudonym of Alfred Edgar) (12 August 1896 – 23 October 1972) was a British playwright and screenwriter. The pseudonym was presumably taken from the title character of Thackeray's novel. Born in London, he may be best remembered for three screenplays from the 1940s: The Lodger (1944), Hangover Square (1945) and The Man in Half Moon Street (1945). The latter was remade by Hammer Film Productions in 1959 as The Man Who Could Cheat Death. Lyndon began his writing career as a journalist, particularly about motor-racing, and short-story writer before becoming a playwright. His first play, The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, was made into an Edward G. Robinson film in 1939. After that success, Lyndon moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1941 to concentrate on writing for films full time. He was naturalised as a United States citizen in the United States District Court in Los Angeles as Alfred Edgar Barre Lyndon in 1952. Alfred Edgar had two sons, Roger Alvin Edgar (b. England, 1924) and Barry Davis Edgar (b. England, 1929) . more…

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