Subtitled ‘A Story of the London Fog’, Hitchcock’s Ripper-inspired thriller is a wonderful evocation of the capital at its murkiest. Face wrapped in a scarf, onto the scene arrives the title character (played by matinee idol and latterly gay icon Ivor Novello), seeking bed and board and perhaps connected with a string of gruesome murders.
The film is widely regarded as Hitch’s first masterpiece, and it’s fascinating to see how many of his tricks and techniques were already present in the silent era. (Given that local boy Michael Balcon produced it, we can also just about claim it as a Brummie masterpiece.)
This very special presentation of The Lodger is accompanied by a suitably atmospheric score by composer and musician Meg Morley, performing here with her jazz trio.