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Lured (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery | 5 September 1947 (USA)
British police are after a serial killer who lures his female victims through newspaper personal ads and sends cryptic-poem clues to the cops.

Director:

Douglas Sirk

Writers:

Leo Rosten (screenplay), Jacques Companéez (from a story by) (as Jacques Companeez) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
George Sanders ... Robert Fleming
Lucille Ball ... Sandra Carpenter
Charles Coburn ... Inspector Harley Temple
Boris Karloff ... Charles van Druten
Cedric Hardwicke ... Julian Wilde (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Joseph Calleia ... Dr. Nicholas Moryani
Alan Mowbray ... Lyle Maxwell
George Zucco ... Officer H. R. Barrett
Robert Coote ... Detective
Alan Napier ... Detective Gordon
Tanis Chandler ... Lucy Barnard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Annette Warren Annette Warren ... Blonde Nightclub Singer (singing voice)
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Storyline

A serial killer in London is murdering young women he meets through the personal columns of newspapers. He announces each of his murders to the police by sending them a cryptic poem. After a dancer disappears, the police enlist an American friend of hers, Sandra Carpenter, to answer advertisements in the personal columns, and lure the killer. Written by David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>

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She's "K-B" (Killer-Bait) - and her technique is TERRIFIC! See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Acechada See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$700,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The poem read by Inspector Temple (Charles Coburn) to Julian Wilde (Cedric Hardwicke) is from "Harmonic du Soir" by Lord Alfred Douglas, not Beaudelaire, despite the fact that he is holding a copy of "Flowers of Evil" (Fleurs du mal), a collection of Beaudelaire's poetry. See more »

Goofs

Set in London, but Sandra (Lucy) says 'I need the money Mr Van Druten (Boris) I haven't a cent'. However, Sandra is American, so she would use this phrase. See more »

Quotes

Sandra Carpenter: I Want to stay and listen to an Orchestra I don't have to dance to for a change!
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Crazy Credits

Instead of 'The End' the film finishes with 'Fin'. See more »

Connections

Features Murder in the Night (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 8 in B minor (Unfinished)
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Schubert
Played by the orchestra at the concert hall
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Uneven thriller with top notch cast...
9 March 2009 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

LURED starts out promisingly with Scotland Yard on the trail of a serial killer and enlisting a friend of the latest victim (LUCILLE BALL) to help them solve the crime. CHARLES COBURN is the police inspector who sends Lucille on a dangerous mission to trap a killer. GEORGE SANDERS, in one of his more colorless roles, is the man with romantic designs on Ball the minute he has a phone conversation with her when she applies for a showgirl job opening.

Sanders without witty dialog plays his straight role in a rather bored fashion, but there's some colorful work by ALAN MOBRAY, SIR CEDRIC HARDWICKE, GEORGE ZUCCO, ROBERT COOTE and ALAN NAPIER.

Best of all is BORIS KARLOFF in an offbeat role as a mad dress designer who gets the chance to chew all the scenery in sight and then some.

But somewhere towards the middle, the story loses steam and whatever dramatic tension was built up in the earlier scenes. Still, it manages to hold the interest with several red herrings tossed in the mix to throw off suspicion. However, any true mystery fan ought to be able to guess the murderer from the start.

Best when it's going along at a brisk pace, but it does slow down to a trot toward the end. Lucille Ball does well in a dramatic role (delivered with some typical light touches) and all in all it manages to entertain despite some flaws.

Douglas Sirk, noted more for his Technicolored melodramas in the '50s, does a nice job of direction.


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