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!


BERLIN EXPRESS
1948, Warner Bros., 87 min, USA, Dir: Jacques Tourneur

Robert Ryan, Merle Oberon and Paul Lukas head an international cast in the first Hollywood film shot on location in Allied-occupied postwar Germany. An ad-hoc cadre of allied officials, headed by train to a peace conference, suddenly become detectives when Germany’s most outspoken peace activist goes missing. A solid thriller, and a remarkable historical document of its time.


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