Man in the Attic Reviews
One good point: Aunt Bea's accent made more sense in Victorian England than it ever did in Mayberry.
Palance is about the only notable talent in here -- the acting isn't dreadful, but it doesn't quite match up to him. It's worth a watch if you've got nothing else to do, but I wouldn't actively seek it out.
Starring: Jack Palance, Frances Bavier, Constance Smith, Byron Palmer, and Rhys Williams
Director: Hugo Fregonese
A soft-spoken, socially akward patheologist (Palance) rents some upper-floor rooms from the Harleys (Bavier and Williams). His comings and goings coincide with the murders committed by Jack the Ripper, and when her showgirl niece (Smith) befriends the lodger, she begins to fear that the Ripper is living under her roof, and that her niece may become his next victim.
"Man in the Attic" is a well-acted, well-filmed little drama that suffers only from its story being a little too simplistic and straight-foward; it's basically a mystery with only one real suspect, as far as the viewer is concerned.) Palance in particular is particularly excellent as the suspicious patheologist Mr, Slade, giving a performance wher he is both sympathetic and sinister at the same time.
(Trivia: This is the fourth fillm version of the Jack the Ripper-inspired novel "The Lodger" that was made. The first one was a silent movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock. I'll probably get around to reviewing it some day.)