Man in the Attic (1953)
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as Lily Bonner
as William Harley
as Inspector Paul Warwick
as Helen Harley
as 1st Constable
as 2nd Constable
as Inspector Melville
as Sgt. Bates
as Annie Rowley
as Annie Rowley
as Mary Lenihan
Critic Reviews for Man in the Attic
Jack the Ripper, this time with a dull blade played by Jack Palance before he turned into a raging ham.
Audience Reviews for Man in the Attic
Man in the Attic covers the familiar Jack the Ripper tale filmed several times before. This is the fourth cinematic version of Marie Belloc Lowndes' novel "The Lodger", and also one of the lesser versions of the story. This is not to say that it's bad; it features a a very good performance from a young and gaunt Jack Palance. I also enjoyed Frances Bavier (Aunt Bee from The Andy Griffith Show) and Rhys Williams as the elderly couple. It also has an exciting chase scene near the end of the movie. It's just that it can't really compete with either Alfred Hitchcock's 1927 silent version of the movie or Laird Cregar's 1944 version. On the negative side, there were too many drawn out musical numbers. Moreover, much of the cast was not British, but American, and make no effort to affect a British accent , thereby distracting from the atmosphere of Victorian London. Overfamiliarity with the story also works against it. The scene where Palance turns all the pictures in his room to the wall might have been more effective had I not seen it done better by Hitchcock. Moreover, there are few new aspects in the story. Still, the film does capture the atmosphere of Victorian London and manages to keep you wondering as to whether Palance is actually Jack the Ripper. I always enjoy watching Jack Palance; one thing I've really come to appreciate about him as an actor was that he played a much wider variety of characters than I had previously thought. .
Familiar old-time faces and characters, but slow preceding plot that degenerates into the average predictable mystery. It's hollow, the characters mean very little, and it ends normally. Pretty forgettable for the most part.
Constance Smith is a graceful and elegant beauty. No man, sane or not, could resist her delightful charms. Where's my knife!
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