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* AdaptationHeroism: The film's "lodger" turns out to be a heroic amateur detective trying to catch the killer. In the original novel, it is very strongly indicated that he genuinely is the killer.

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* AdaptationHeroism: AdaptationalHeroism: The film's "lodger" turns out to be a heroic amateur detective trying to catch the killer. In the original novel, it is very strongly indicated that he genuinely is the killer.

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* AdaptationHeroism: The film's "lodger" turns out to be a heroic amateur detective trying to catch the killer. In the original novel, it is very strongly indicated that he genuinely is the killer.

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* AFoggyDayInLondonTown: The story is subtitled ''A Story of the London Fog''. A SerialKiller is stalking the foggy streets of London, and the new lodger at Mrs. Bounting's rooming house might be him.


* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The Avenger's killings bear a certain resemblance to the murders committed by [[JackTheRipper a certain individual who was busy in Whitechapel in 1888]].

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The Avenger's killings bear a certain resemblance to the murders committed by [[JackTheRipper [[UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper a certain individual who was busy in Whitechapel in 1888]].


''The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog'' is a 1927 silent film adapted from a 1913 novel by Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes. It was the debut feature of Creator/AlfredHitchcock (sort of, see below).

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''The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog'' is a 1927 silent film adapted from a [[Literature/TheLodger 1913 novel novel]] by Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes. It was the debut feature of Creator/AlfredHitchcock (sort of, see below).


* WrongfullyAccused: As noted on the trivia page, this was a result of Executive Meddling, but it works onscreen and became a theme that Hitchcock would go back to over and over again for his entire career.


* ThePeepingTom: Has one as per Hitchcock's favored themes.



* WrongfullyAccused: As noted above, this was a result of Executive Meddling, but it works onscreen and became a theme that Hitchcock would go back to over and over again for his entire career.

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* WrongfullyAccused: As noted above, on the trivia page, this was a result of Executive Meddling, but it works onscreen and became a theme that Hitchcock would go back to over and over again for his entire career.


* ExecutiveMeddling: In the original novel, the Lodger is the Avenger. The studio didn't want the star, Ivor Novello, to play a serial killer, so they had the ending changed so that the Lodger was innocent. This wasn't too egregious, since it fits the common Hitchcockian theme of a man being falsely accused. Still, other adaptations, such as the 1944 version with Laird Creegar, follow the original story to great effect.

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* NoNameGiven: Though some filmographies give the Lodger's name as "Jonathan Drew", it's never actually revealed in the film itself.

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It all has to start somewhere.

''The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog'' is a 1927 silent film adapted from a 1913 novel by Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes. It was the debut feature of Creator/AlfredHitchcock (sort of, see below).

As the story opens, London is in the grip of a serial killer called "The Avenger". At the same time, Mr. and Mrs. Bounting's inn gets a new lodger by the name of Jonathan Drew (Ivor Novello). He fancies the Bountings' daughter, the blonde Daisy, who is already engaged to Joe, a detective. Over time, it's discovered that Jonathan has a few eccentric habits, including a preference for strolls on foggy evenings. Since The Avenger's favorite victims are blondes, Joe starts to suspect that Jonathan is the killer himself.

This was actually the third film Hitchcock directed, but his first two, ''The Pleasure Garden'' and ''The Mountain Eagle'', were both shelved after the producers reacted unfavorably. ''The Lodger'' was the first Hitchcock film to be released, and it was a huge hit, leading to both of his first two films being released and kick-starting his career.

Other film versions of the story were released in 1932 (also starring Novello), 1944, 1953 (as ''Man in the Attic''), and 2009 (set in the modern day).

Not to be confused with the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger 2010 Doctor Who episode of the same name]].
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* BathtubScene: One scene features Daisy taking a bath while Drew looms outside the door to the communal bathroom. This scene is more than a little bit reminiscent of ''Film/{{Psycho}}''.
* CreatorCameo: This film features Hitchcock's first cameos. Hitchcock and a few other crew members got on camera for a scene where not enough extras were available, and the practice soon became a trademark of his. He can be seen early in the film, from behind, taking a call at police headquarters, and at the climax when he's right next to Detective Joe as Joe pulls Drew off the fence.
* DeusExMachina: The Lodger is saved from a lynch mob by a paper boy delivering the news of the real killer's arrest. Somewhat justifiable in this instance--the killer strikes on Tuesday nights, Drew is arrested and subsequently escapes on a Tuesday night, and the cops had previously guessed where the killer would strike again. They guess correctly, and catch the real killer red-handed (offscreen) while a mob is chasing after Drew.
* ExecutiveMeddling: In the original novel, the Lodger is the Avenger. The studio didn't want the star, Ivor Novello, to play a serial killer, so they had the ending changed so that the Lodger was innocent. This wasn't too egregious, since it fits the common Hitchcockian theme of a man being falsely accused. Still, other adaptations, such as the 1944 version with Laird Creegar, follow the original story to great effect.
* GreenEyedMonster[=/=]LoveTriangle: Detective Joe likes Daisy but she has eyes for the handsome stranger that's taken a room at the inn. Joe doesn't like this one bit, and it seems to influence his investigation.
* GuiltByCoincidence: The Lodger was spotted leaving the rooming house shortly before an Avenger murder and returning soon after. He is later discovered to have a collection of Avenger news clippings in his valise, along with a picture of an Avenger victim. It turns out that the woman in the picture is his sister, and he's been trying to catch the Avenger.
* OminousFog: As mentioned in the subtitle. It's foggy every time the Avenger strikes, and Drew escapes from the mob into a foggy London night.
* POVCam: Used when the Lodger first comes to the front door of the inn.
* RedHerring: The Lodger's not the killer.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The Avenger's killings bear a certain resemblance to the murders committed by [[JackTheRipper a certain individual who was busy in Whitechapel in 1888]].
* SerialKiller: Who only kills blondes and only on Tuesdays.
* TorchesAndPitchforks: A lynch mob chases after the Lodger.
* TheUnreveal: We never see the real killer or learn his identity.
* WrongfullyAccused: As noted above, this was a result of Executive Meddling, but it works onscreen and became a theme that Hitchcock would go back to over and over again for his entire career.
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