I’m completely enthralled by my rereading of John Russell Taylor’s bio of Hitchcock, Hitch. Early in the tome, Taylor details the filming of some of the director’s early work, including The Lodger, the 1927 silent film in which the master hones his skills in a tension-filled adaptation of a book by Marie Belloc Lowndes which dealt with Jack The Ripper sex murders. (You can read the book for free right here.)
Says Taylor, "In The Lodger we can see him sketching out the moral ambiguities of Frenzy, 46 years later — the sympathy for the sex murderer, the unappealingness of the apparently virtuous, upright characters and the tendency of people to exchange roles in the course of the movie." Of course, says Taylor, Frenzy pushed all of these ideas much farther.
But producers loved The Lodger so much that they wanted Hitch to do a followup right away. He wanted to, but he had a more important thing to do first. On December 2, 1926, he was married to his beloved Alma.Read More