Review: ‘The Lodger’

The Lodger, from the novel by Mrs Belloc Lowndes, was made as a silent some years previously. Despite its subject of Jack the Ripper, this is an eerie, absorbing story without being morbid.

The Lodger, from the novel by Mrs Belloc Lowndes, was made as a silent some years previously. Despite its subject of Jack the Ripper, this is an eerie, absorbing story without being morbid.

Running parallel with the narration of the frightful murders is a sweet love story, gentle and poetic. Ivor Novello plays a sensitive musician with a sorrow so great he is unable to confide in anyone, not even the girl he loves, and who tells him she would believe anything he told her. Novello has an arresting personality, which photographs romantically.

Love scenes are ably supported by Elizabeth Allan, whose depiction of a working girl carried off her feet by a romantic, soulful musician is a fine piece of acting.

The Lodger

UK

Production

Twickenham. Director Maurice Elvey; Producer Julius Hagen; Screenplay Ivor Novello, Miles Mander, Paul Rotha, H. Fowler Mear; Camera Basil Emmott, Sydney Blythe

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1932. Running time: 85 MIN.

With

Ivor Novello Elizabeth Allan Jack Hawkins A. W. Baskcomb Barbara Everest Peter Gawthorne
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