THE LODGER (1944)
1944, 20th Century Fox, 84 min, USA, Dir: John Brahm

The foggy, gas-lit London environs of Jack the Ripper are memorably recreated by director John Brahm and cinematographer Lucien Ballard with a stellar ensemble of 1940s British-Hollywood performers including Merle Oberon, George Sanders and Sir Cedric Hardwicke. Front and center is the mountainously sinister Laird Cregar, whose chilling performance garnered him a tragically brief period of movie stardom. Don’t miss the definitive screen version of Marie Belloc Lowndes’ novel about the infamous Ripper murders on the big screen!


HEAVEN CAN WAIT
1943, 20th Century Fox, 112 min, USA, Dir: Ernst Lubitsch

No, not the one with Warren Beatty, but the glorious Technicolor fantasy in which newly deceased Don Ameche arrives in Hell and reviews his life to learn if he’s going to remain Down There or not. With Gene Tierney, Charles Coburn, Marjorie Main, Eugene Pallette (did this guy ever take a vacation?), Spring Byington and a marvelous turn by Laird Cregar as a very genial…could it be Satan!?


HANGOVER SQUARE
1945, 20th Century Fox, 77 min, USA, Dir: John Brahm

Perhaps the best 1940s thriller that no one has ever seen. Laird Cregar is memorable as a Victorian-era composer beset by blackouts. Is he also a marauding murderer? His passion for luscious singer Linda Darnell inspires betrayal, revenge - and the climactic "Concerto Macabre," one of composer Bernard Herrmann's most thrilling pieces of music.


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