The Lodger (1944)

The Lodger


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In this film, Laird Cregar stars as the title character, a mysterious, secretive young man who rents a flat in the heart of London's Whitechapel district. The Lodger's arrival coincides with a series of brutal murders, in which the victims are all female stage performers.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Marie Belloc Lowndes, Barré Lyndon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 9, 2007
20th Century Fox



as Kitty Langley

as John Warwick

as The Lodger

as Robert Burton

as Supt. Sutherland

as Sgt. Bates

as Anne Rowley

as Dr. Sheridan

as Sir Gerard

as Publican

as Costermonger

as Manager

as Conductor

as King Edward

as Call Boy

as Policeman

as Conductor

as Cab Driver

as Newsboy

as Milkman

as Stage Manager

as Stage Hand

as Woman

as Mounted Inspector

as Concertina Player

as Down and Outer

as Vigilante

as Vigilante

as Plainclothesman

as Conductor

as Policeman

as Policeman

as Sergeant

as Mounted Police

as Constable

as Hairdresser

as Jennie

as Comedian
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Critic Reviews for The Lodger

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | January 21, 2009
Village Voice
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Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | April 15, 2003
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

There's something a little comical about Laird Cregar's performance as the Lodger.

Full Review… | August 8, 2004
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Audience Reviews for The Lodger

Laird Cregar is fantastically ominous as the title character who may or may not be 'Jack the Ripper'.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

an atmospheric remake of hitchcock's silent. laird cregar was so brilliant in this film that it trapped him forever. after being cast in a similar part in the director's next film, hangover square, he went on a crash diet in hopes of becoming a leading man, which ultimately killed him.

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


As a bit of a Ripperologist, this might be the most historically inaccurate JTR story of all time.

In this story, the Ripper kills actresses instead of prostitutes, none of the names are correct (nor the locations), the police procedural is totally incorrect, and they get him in the end?? No respect for the true story whatsoever.

The acting is bad, from everyone. Cregar is just strange. The plot is slow moving and not much of a thriller, as you know who the villain is 2 minutes into it. Really not much to recommend here. I fail to see why this is held in any kind of regard at all.

Julian Toepfer

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