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The Phantom Fiend (1932)

The Lodger (original title)
A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London.


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Marie Belloc Lowndes (novel) (as Mrs. Belloc Lowndes), Miles Mander (scenario) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Ivor Novello ... Angeloff
Elizabeth Allan ... Daisy Bunting
A.W. Baskcomb ... Mr. Bunting
Barbara Everest Barbara Everest ... Mrs. Bunting (as Barbara Everst)
Jack Hawkins ... John Martin
Shayle Gardner Shayle Gardner ... Detective Snell
Peter Gawthorne Peter Gawthorne ... Lord Southcliff
Kynaston Reeves Kynaston Reeves ... Bob Mitchell (as P. Kynaston Reeves)
Drusilla Wills Drusilla Wills ... Mrs. Coles
Anthony Holles Anthony Holles ... Silvono
George Merritt ... Commissioner
Molly Fisher Molly Fisher ... Gladys Sims (as Mollie Fisher)
Andreas Malandrinos Andreas Malandrinos ... Rabinovitch (as Andrea Malandrinas)
Iris Ashley Iris Ashley ... Police Commissioner's Daughter


A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Release Date:

8 September 1932 (USA) See more »

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The Phantom Fiend See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Under its USA title, The Phantom Fiend, the re-edited USA version of this film received its first telecast Thursday 6 March 1940 on New York City's pioneer, and still experimental television station W2XBS. See more »


When the woman finds the last murder victim, she drops her handbag at the dead woman's feet, turns screaming, and rushes away. In the next scene, she is clutching her handbag when she stumbles into the passerby's arms. See more »


Featured in Biography: Jack the Ripper: Phantom of Death (1995) See more »

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The Lodger is back - and talks...
24 February 2014 | by binapiraeusSee all my reviews

This is the 'soundie' remake of Hitchcock's first thriller "The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog", again with Ivor Novello in the title role - but without Hitchcock as director...

The story is pretty much the same as in the original: a strange lodger comes to Mr. and Mrs. Bunting's house, and their daughter Daisy is soon feeling very much attracted to him - but then the suspicion falls on him that he might be the mad killer who calls himself the 'Avenger' and goes around cutting young girls' throats... Only the twist ending takes a slightly different turn this time - but see for yourself!

Of course, this film can't reach the class of Hitchcock's masterpiece; but seen for itself, it's still a very neat and scary classic whodunit - especially the nightly London fog scenes are extremely suspenseful. Ivor Novello's performance may look a little like he's still stuck in the silent film days - but then it's the role he played before, and maybe he wanted to recreate it just as it was. While beautiful Elizabeth Allen (who would also become the heroine in another scary movie, "Mark of the Vampire", two years later) is really excellent as sweet, trusting Daisy; and there are some typical British 'characters' - and a PRETTY unpleasant reporter (he sure wouldn't have been depicted in a Hollywood movie this way; reporters usually were, especially in that era, heroes!) who's also in love with Daisy...

If you haven't seen Hitch's original - or if you can accept the fact that most average directors just haven't got the GENIUS Hitchcock had - this film will be quite entertaining, and somehow nostalgic in a... well, British way...

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