Man in the Attic (1953)





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Man in the Attic is a sweat-stained remake of the oft-filmed Mary Belloc Lowndes suspense story The Lodger. Jack Palance plays a mild, secretive pathologist who rents an attic apartment in the heart of London. Palance falls in love with dancer Constance Smith, daughter of the landlady, but she doesn't seem interested. Meanwhile, several unsolved murders of women have been committed on the fogbound London streets--and all of the victims are showgirls. Unlike Hitchcock's 1926 version of The Lodger, the most likely suspect is indeed the "Jack the Ripper" character hunted by the police. The only surprise in Man in the Attic is that the London bobbies didn't arrest Jack Palance on sight long before the movie started.
Classics , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Constance Smith
as Lily Bonner
Rhys Williams
as William Harley
Byron Palmer
as Inspector Paul Warwick
Frances Bavier
as Helen Harley
Sean McClory
as 1st Constable
Leslie E. Bradley
as 2nd Constable
Lester Matthews
as Inspector Melville
Harry Cording
as Sgt. Bates
Lillian Bond
as Annie Rowley
Lilian Bond
as Annie Rowley
Lisa Daniels
as Mary Lenihan
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Critic Reviews for Man in the Attic

All Critics (2)

There's apparently no need or reason for this remake.

Full Review… | April 15, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Jack the Ripper, this time with a dull blade played by Jack Palance before he turned into a raging ham.

August 21, 2006
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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. .

John Tandlich
John Tandlich

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.

Wes Shad
Wes Shad

Constance Smith is a graceful and elegant beauty. No man, sane or not, could resist her delightful charms. Where's my knife!

william barkley
william barkley

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