- Alfred Hitchcock
- Ivor Novello, Marie Ault
Described by Hitchcock himself as ‘the first true Hitchcock movie’, this masterly silent thriller is set in a fog-bound London terrorized by a Jack the Ripper-style murderer known only as The Avenger. His victims, all blonde young women, are discovered each Tuesday night. The public is hysterical and demanding his capture. Meanwhile, Daisy Bunting, a beautiful blonde model who resides with her parents, becomes interested in the secretive stranger to whom her parents have recently rented a room. As Daisy and the lodger become closer, Joe, the detective newly assigned to The Avenger case and an admirer of Daisy, begins to grow jealous. One night, the lodger mysteriously leaves, and in the morning, another body is found around the corner from the Bunting’s house. The lodger is accused of the crime, and with everyone except Daisy against him, he must find the killer or otherwise prove his innocence. Digital imaging systems have enabled the film’s original tinting and toning to be reproduced to far greater effect than was previously possible. Particular attention was paid to the night-time sequences set in thick fog which are toned blue and tinted amber. A restoration by the BFI National Archive in association with ITV Studios Global Entertainment, Network Releasing and Park Circus Films. Principal restoration funding provided by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation, and Simon W Hessel. Additional funding provided by British Board of Film Classification, Deluxe 142, Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, and Ian & Beth Mill.