London is being terrorised by a Jack the Ripper-style murderer, “The Avenger”, who targets young blonde-haired women. A mysterious new lodger arrives at the home of Mr and Mrs Bunting, whose daughter Daisy is being courted by a policeman on the case. When the lodger begins behaving strangely, he attracts suspicion, particularly when he shows an interest in Daisy.
Made in 1926 for Michael Balcon’s new Gainsborough studios, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog was Hitchcock’s first thriller, and his first critical and commercial success, quickly establishing him as a name director. The film was shown to the press in September 1926 and described in glowing terms by trade journal Bioscope: “It is possible that this film is the finest British production ever made.”
The film is also notable for the first of Hitchcock’s characteristic cameo appearances, as a newspaper editor – he claimed his part was due to the non-appearance of a bit-part actor.
Our Lodger score was written in 2014 and was the first to feature our expanded instrumental line-up, now augmented to include dulcimer, synthesizer, mandolin and autoharp.