The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1927 • United Kingdom
Starring Ivor Novello, June Tripp

With his third feature film, THE LODGER: A STORY OF THE LONDON FOG, Alfred Hitchcock took a major step toward greatness and made what he would come to consider his true directorial debut. This haunting silent thriller tells the tale of a mysterious young man (matinee idol Ivor Novello) who takes up residence at a London boardinghouse just as a killer known as the Avenger descends upon the city, preying on blonde women. The film is animated by the palpable energy of a young stylist at play, decisively establishing the director’s formal and thematic obsessions.

Restored by the BFI National Archive. Principal restoration funding provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, The Film Foundation, and Simon W. Hessel. Additional funding provided by the British Board of Film Classification, Deluxe 142, Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, and Ian and Beth Mill. New score commissioned by Network Releasing in partnership with the BFI.

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The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog
  • The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1927 • United Kingdom
    Starring Ivor Novello, June Tripp

    With his third feature film, THE LODGER: A STORY OF THE LONDON FOG, Alfred Hitchcock took a major step toward greatness and made what he would come to consider his true directorial debut. This haunting sile...

Extras

  • Downhill

    Actor Ivor Novello plays a student whose life is detroyed when he takes the blame for a friend’s indiscretion, in this film, directed by Alfred Hitchcock at Gainsborough Pictures in London soon after he completed production of THE LODGER in 1926.

  • William Rothman on THE LODGER

    In this interview, film scholar William Rothman examines the themes and visual motifs that are evident in THE LODGER and would come to define director Alfred Hitchcock’s style. It was recorded in 2017.

  • The Bunting House

    In this video essay, created in 2017, art historian Steven Jacobs explores the roles that architecture, space, and setting play in THE LODGER.

  • Neil Brand on THE LODGER

    In this 2017 interview, composer Neil Brand discusses the process of creating a new score for THE LODGER.

  • Alfred Hitchcock and François Truffaut on THE LODGER

    In these audio excerpts from a 1962 interview, director Alfred Hitchcock reflects on THE LODGER and British cinema in general with filmmaker François Truffaut. Helen G. Scott is the translator.

  • Alfred Hitchcock and Peter Bogdanovich on Hitchcock's Early Years, 1963

    In this audio excerpt from an interview conducted in 1963, Alfred Hitchcock talks to filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich about his early years as a director.

  • Alfred Hitchcock and Peter Bogdanovich on Hitchcock's Early Years, 1972

    In this audio excerpt from an interview conducted in 1972, Alfred Hitchcock talks to filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich about his early years as a director.

  • THE LODGER Radio Play

    Alfred Hitchcock directed this 30-minute radio adaptation of Marie Belloc Lowndes’s novel “The Lodger” for the July 22, 1940, pilot episode of the CBS Radio series “Suspense.” The episode features Herbert Marshall as Mr. Sleuth and Edmund Gwenn as Robert Bunting.