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Smart and Suspenseful
Movies like this are hard to find. Whatever happened to startling suspense with undercurrents of twists and turns? Merle Oberon and Laird Cregar are well suited for this dalliance with danger, as The Lodger just may be the infamous Jack the Ripper. What I like about Cregar's performance is his drawing of the character as a peculiar loner who is no different than any other loner. He slowly reels us in to some important aspects of his strangeness. His longing for his dead sister. His attraction to dark, murky waters. His movements in the night. His attraction and simultaneous hatred for sensuous beauty so boldly displayed by Merle Oberon's actress character. The supporting cast is wonderfully portrayed, including George Sanders in one of his very few non-brooding, non-sarcastic roles. The love and disdain for the object of The Lodger's affection is viscerally portrayed by Cregar, who eventually succumbs to his inner demons. An excellent film featuring an actor of great potential who unfortunately never lived long enough to treat us to other aspects of his talent. Appreciate him here.
- kevin sellers
Director John Brahm and cinematographer Lucien Ballard do a great job of providing us with an unsettling, Victorian, nighttime world of shadows, fog, and weird angles that almost makes up for Barre Lyndon's rather mediocre screenplay and Laird Kregar's overblown performance as Jack The Ripper. Kregar plays his character with all the subtlety of, well, Jack The Ripper, which destroys any credibility the plot might have had. You simply do not believe that Sara Allgood, who plays Merle Oberon's aunt, would rent an attic room to this obvious creep and psycho, especially in the midst of the serial, slasher murders, just so Kregar can get close to Oberon, as the plot requires. As far as Oberon is concerned, I feel this is one of her better acting jobs. In contrast to Kregar, she dials down the histrionics until the very end. And speaking of the end, that final shot of Jack R., clutching his knife for the only time in the film, and snarling at the cops who are closing in on him, is an unforgettable image. It's the only time Kregar's over the top style works. So, let's give this film a generous B for its overall look and that remarkable ending. P.S. Not that it really matters, but Lyndon's clunky screenplay never resolves the Oberon/George Sanders relationship.
Cregar Is Brilliant
This is a great film for folks (like me), who enjoy suspense but are too chicken to watch horror movies. There is suspense and mystery...without being scary. As the other reviewers have noted, Laird Cregar is simply brilliant here. Truly, he played his part to absolute perfection. He was gentle and quiet, yet creepy and menacing all at once. No one could have played this part better than Mr. Cregar did. He was Academy Award-worthy here, in my opinion.
- Lance Roten
Underrated classic. Oberon and Sanders are good in this. Laird Cregar however, is GREAT. The stark B&W, Cregar's stellar performance make this a 9/10
- bill roach
The greatest Jack The Ripper film of all time. Flawless performance by the great Laird Cregar.
Great atmospheric film!!
This is one of my four favorite films of all times!! The film hinges on the great performance of the late Laird Cregar and succeeds because of him. Merle Oberon, looking lovely as ever, is also very good as Kitty, the girl who is Mr. Slade's downfall. George Sanders, Sara Allgood and Sir Cedric Hardwicke are also very good in their roles.Great sets, costumes, cinematography and music compliment the film so much.Wish 20th Century Fox would put this out on DVD, and yes, I know, it is now known as Fox, but to me, it will always be 20th Century Fox.
Strange but fun.
Recently bought a dvd of The Lodger on Ebay and loved it. A bit slow at times but interesting to watch Merle Oberon and George Sanders interact with the creepy yet over the top Laird Cregar. Sara Allgood is always a delight to watch though.