THE LODGER (1932)
(a.k.a. THE PHANTOM FIEND)
Article #908 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 9-9-2003
Posting Date: 2-6-2004
Directed by Maurice Elvey
Featuring Ivor Novello, Elizabeth Allan, W.E. Bascomb
A new tenant in a boarding house is suspected of being a Jack-the-Ripper-like murderer.
It’s a little difficult for me to evaluate this remake of the Alfred Hitchcock silent classic, as I find myself hampered by the fact that my copy of the movie has such loud incidental noise that it somewhat interferes with my being able to hear through the British accents of the cast. However, since it is a remake and it basically follows the same story as the original, I really wasn’t at risk of getting lost. It’s not bad, overall, but Elvey isn’t Hitchcock, and the ending here simply doesn’t hold a candle to that of the superior silent version. As a result, the worst problem with the movie is simply that it feels unnecesary; if you’ve seen the Hitchcock version, you can probably safely skip this one, even if you find a copy with better sound than mine.