The Lodger (1932 film)

The Lodger is a 1932 British thriller film directed by Maurice Elvey, and starring Ivor Novello, Elizabeth Allan, and Jack Hawkins.[1] It is based on the 1913 novel The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes, also filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1927 (also starring Novello); by John Brahm in 1944; by Hugo Fregonese, as Man in the Attic, in 1953; and by David Ondaatje in 2009.[2]

The Lodger
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Directed byMaurice Elvey
Written byMiles Mander and Paul Rotha (scenario)
H. Fowler Mear (adaptation)
Ivor Novello (uncredited)
Based onthe novel by Marie Belloc Lowndes (as Mrs. Belloc Lowndes)
Produced byJulius Hagen
StarringIvor Novello
Elizabeth Allan
CinematographyBasil Emmott
William Luff
Sydney Blythe (uncredited)
Edited byJack Harris
Music byW.L. Trytel (uncredited)
Distributed byWoolf & Freedman Film Service (UK)
Release date
8 September 1932 (London) (UK)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The film is also known as The Phantom Fiend in the United States, where it was released in truncated form in 1935.[3][4]

In the 2001 film Gosford Park, Ivor Novello is taunted that the film "should just flop like that". The screenwriter Julian Fellowes states in an audio commentary that Novello's talkie remake failed, while the silent original had been a hit.



  1. ^ "The Lodger". BFI. Archived from the original on 14 January 2009.
  2. ^ "Marie Belloc Lowndes".
  3. ^ "A Lost Film: The Lodger (1932)".
  4. ^ "AND YOU CALL YOURSELF A SCIENTIST! - The Lodger (1932)".

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