Man in the Attic

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Man in the Attic
Man in the attic.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byHugo Fregonese
Produced byRobert L. Jacks
Screenplay byBarré Lyndon
Robert Presnell Jr.
Based onThe Lodger
1913 novel
by Marie Belloc Lowndes
StarringJack Palance
Constance Smith
Byron Palmer
Music byHugo Friedhofer
CinematographyLeo Tover
Edited byMarjorie Fowler
Production
company
Panoramic Productions
Leonard Goldstein
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • December 31, 1953 (1953-12-31) (San Francisco)
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Man in the Attic is a 1953 mystery film directed by Hugo Fregonese. It was released in the United States on December 23 by Twentieth Century Fox. The movie is based on the 1913 novel The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes, which fictionalizes the Jack the Ripper killings, and was previously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1927, by Maurice Elvey in 1932, by John Brahm in 1944, and subsequently by David Ondaatje in 2009.

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The story takes place in London, 1888. On the third night of the Jack the Ripper killings, a man rents out an attic from an older couple in need of extra income. The man (Jack Palance), a research pathologist, begins working on his experiments in the rooms. Helen Harley, the landlady (Frances Bavier), becomes suspicious of the man, especially when her niece Lily Bonner (Constance Smith) shows an interest in him.

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