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Plot: 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… Runtime: 102 min Release Date: 05 Sep 1947
Great Film Noir, Well acted by all, One of the best 1940's crime movies, George Sanders and Lucille Ball have perfect chemistry, The movie will keep you guessing until the end. This "rediscovered" classic from 1947 has one of Lucille Ball's best dramatic roles of her career. A Jack-the-Ripper-like serial killer is looking for and murdering beautiful young women, and Lucille Ball's characters friend is the killer's latest victim. Wanting desperately to help the police find the brutal murderer, she is hired by Scotland Yard to become a decoy for the killer, who lures <more>
his victims through newspaper advertisements. Lots of plot twists keep movie exciting to the end.
Get the DVD and really spend the time enjoying a great movie (by Peter22060)
I watched the newly released DVD, and totally enjoyed watchingthe professional acting ability of both Lucille Ball and theheretofore emoting of George Zucco. The cast is outstanding, andthey play their parts very effectively. The only "minor flaw" seems tobe a pair of glasses worn by one of the stars. It reminded me ofthose worn by George Coulouris in "Sleep my Love", and led me tothe killer.This independent feature had been written about in major volumesof mystery movies. The cast is generally outstanding, and the useof Boris Karloff and Alan Mowbray add to the film.The <more>
classic Noir film, Phantom Lady, seems to have a betterreputation, but you will certainly enjoy watching this picture. Thereis a small parallel.
What if once upon a time in Hollywood a young adventurous movie director decided to buck the studio system and pull together a creative independent Þlm? And suppose he hired the queen of B movies to star as the heroine, and he dressed her up in beautiful gowns and made her look very alluring. What if he then places her in a dark and brooding London setting where a murderous, madman is on the loose, killing pretty young women by advertising for them in the personal columns? Then just to spice up the cast he adds the king of horror movies as one of the villains, the quintessential movie <more>
playboy/cad as the love interest, and one of England's top stage actors to make things interesting. What if all these things did in fact come together and were Þlmed in glorious black & white, and the subsequent Þlm was rushed into theaters and after a very short run it quietly faded away without anyone ever really knowing much about it? Well now, after 52 years, this hidden jewel has now been rediscovered! The movie is entitled `Lured,' and it stars, Lucille Ball, Boris Karloff, Charles Colburn, George Sanders, Cedric Hardwicke and George Zucco. It was directed in 1947, by Douglas Sirk, written by Leo Rostin and produced by Hunt Stromberg. After viewing this movie I was struck by the outstanding performance of Lucille Ball in a very rare dramatic portrayal. Her Sandra Carpenter is a saucy dish with an penchant for adventure, and she gets her chance to experience all the adventure she can stand when Scotland Yard employs her to go undercover to help trap a lunatic, serial killer. The plot is intricate, with plenty of red herrings thrown in to mislead you to the wrong suspect. The gorgeous sets are all top notch and add to the over-all dark, moody atmosphere which permeates this Þlm. My hat is off to KINO for Þnding and bringing this nearly lost classic back to the public. They have just made it available on DVD and I can't wait to see it that format too. I highly recommend this Þlm for anyone who has never seen Lucille Ball in a dramatic performance and also for anyone who loves a good murder mystery, this is a great Þnd!
For those of you who only know Ms. Ball as the "dizzy redhead" in the 50's sitcoms, you're in for a TREAT!Before making the above, she was in many films -- Marx Brothers, The "Annabel" series, and this great film.Backed by a solid cast Zucco, Sanders, Karloff, Napier, Coburn , she acts as the "bait" to lure a London killer out of hiding.Even tho at least to ME it was obvious who the killer is, it is fascinating watching her in a non-comedy role! And, she certainly was lovely!If you get a chance to see this, DO SO! You won't be disappointed! <more>
It's a shame that she didn't make more films in this genre.
very intriguing mystery thriller and film noir (by thien314)
i've always wanted to watch this film and finally got the opportunity to see it recently. i have to say that it was worth seeing because it's not often you see lucille ball in a mystery thriller. she does a great job playing the lead role as a tough, independent, and brave dancer who tries to 'lure' the killer in. it's a wonder why she didn't do more films like this. her other great performance in a mystery thriller comes from 'the dark corner' which is also a must-see, although her role is not as big.this noir film is entertaining with the quality of 1940s. it <more>
emphasizes greatly on shadow and light, and it only becomes better with the London setting, using dark alleys and one source of light from a street lamp. adding to that "jack-the-ripper" mysterious setting is the plot, which tries to confuse you by showcasing different characters that you might suspect as the serial killer. the film is serious yet comical at some points such as when the investigator finds answers to his crossword puzzles through ball's random spoken words.overall, great film but some character development may be needed to prevent flatness and give more depth to the story. if this film was adapted for today's market where more emphasis was placed on the serial killer and killing and less on the G-rating, it could be awesome.
German immigrant director Douglas Sirk created movies a lot like Hitchcock did. Both seemed to consider the image on screen more important to the story than dialogue. Shadows, odd camera angles, and surprises were present. Sirk did early RomComs before they were ever called that. But, "Lured" is definitely a mystery in the style of Hitchcock.Sirk's mirrors were a trademark in his photography. Mirrors of all types reflected important events in his stories. There are mirrors in homes, stores, offices, and just about everywhere else. When we see a mirror in one of his movies, we <more>
know we'll learn something new about the story.One of the best mirror scenes here is aging horror star Boris Karloff delivering some lines - while perfectly mirror framed - into a dressing-table mirror. We see that image, which actually is within a misdirection and throw-away segment that has nothing to do with the "real story". It would be a perfect joke on the audience by the writer, screenwriter, and Sirk to throw the audience off. The director and cameraman had to make sure the camera and filming crew were not reflected in any mirror.
This excellent noir film was somewhat copied forty years later as "Sea of Love," with several changes bringing it up-to-date. One surprise in store for viewers is the comic talents of George Zucco, obviously kept hidden throughout most of his brilliant acting career. He is an excellent comedic sparring partner for Lucille Ball. They work well as a team, providing laughs that are sorely needed in an otherwise serious murder mystery thriller. Boris Karloff adds to the fun as well, giving a monster performance as an insane dress designer--can you believe? The stellar lineup also <more>
includes the likes of George Sanders, Charles Coburn, Cedric Hardwicke, and Alan Mowbray. The cast alone is worth the price of admission.Directed with savvy by Douglas Sirk, the film has a script put together by a hodgepodge of writers. Still, the dialog is filled with witty and intelligent lines. The mystery will keep the viewer guessing until the serial killer is revealed. There are red herrings along the way to lead the best sleuth astray. Even when the movie seems to be ending with the mystery solved, it becomes the wrong solution to the case under investigation. The film proceeds to fool the viewer a second time before the ultimate meanie is apprehended. There are thrills aplenty throughout this delicious cinematic whodunit.The story involves a serial killer running amok in London who kills beautiful young women lured by newspaper ads. The madman fancies himself a poet copying his style from the dark poetry of Charles Baudelaire, who once wrote about a tempting woman being more beautiful in death. One such poem is sent to Scotland Yard before each murder. Inspector Harley Temple Coburn is determined to catch the psycho any way possible, even using a young woman, Sandra Carpenter Ball , as a decoy to lure the monster out into the open. Sandra is chosen when she inquires about her good friend's disappearance. Coincidentally, her friend's moniker is Lucy. In the process of finding the perpetrator of the crimes, Sandra makes several interesting encounters, eventually meeting a stranger named Robert Fleming Sanders with whom she falls in love. Their favorite song becomes "All For Love," which serves as a clue in the mystery.
For some reason LURED has not shown up on television very often. I don't know why, as it is well acted and directed. Possibly because of a flaw in the 1947 telling of the story that would be handled differently today. The villain is killing women because he cannot attract them like other men, and sees that they are at their most beautiful when they are dead which oddly enough would have been the viewpoint of Reginald Christie, the Rillington Place strangler who was alive in 1947 and killing . But today the character would probably be latently homosexual. There are signs of it in his <more>
intellectual interests and even his use of poetry, as opposed to the other males in the film especially the hero . I think that might have made the film a trifle more believable.LURED is based on a 1939 French movie that starred Maurice Chevalier, and possibly gave that great entertainer his meatiest dramatic role. The cast here is damned good one, with Lucille Ball as an American dancer in London who is searching for a missing friend. She is recruited by Charles Coburn as a Chief Inspector from Scotland Yard to assist him, Alan Napier, and Robert Coote in trying to find her friend and solve the disappearance in two years of eight other woman. She is supposed to be bait for the criminal - to lure him into a trap. Lucy is given the personal columns and is to answer all that pertain to some man seeking a woman as a companion.Ball is good - first as a tired American down on her luck she is now a taxi dancer . She is hard boiled, but she seeks to improve herself. She does get a chance by answering an invitation to work for a nightclub owned by George Sanders and Cedric Hardwicke. But then her friend vanishes, and she finds her sense of public duty overcoming ambition.Except for one thing. Fate keeps throwing her and Sanders together, and the latter from his phone call with Lucy earlier has been very interested in her. Slowly they are falling in love.But she is determined to help Coburn. And the screenplay allows Douglas Sirk to go to town here. Sirk was brilliant at using the riches of materialism to manipulate his audiences best shown in the 1950s in his color films . But in black and white he is just as effective, illustrating the situations Lucy finds herself in by his use of sets and costumes.First the meets Boris Karloff, a well dressed man who seems to be offering her a modeling job. He is. But in a switch for Karloff he is an insane couturier ruined years earlier by unscrupulous competitors , and he is putting on his greatest show with Lucy wearing a twenty year old 1920 style gown for a non-existent audience of blue-bloods the main seat supposedly for a Princess has a British bull dog growling in it! .Next she answers an ad for a maid in a banker's house. Interestingly this involves Lucy with a gang run by Joseph Calleia and Alan Mowbray as a crooked butler - Topper's butler would not have approved . The gang is also causing young women to vanish, but for commercial reasons. Again the script is forced to change what is probably going on: the women, in the finished film are being shipped to become thieves working for Calliea in South America. In reality they would probably be turned into prostitutes in a white slavery ring down there. Again Sirk manages to translate a vision of the danger Lucy is in by the claustrophobic lower kitchen of the house where she is alone with a suspicious Calleia and a dumbfounded Mowbray.Finally Lucy agrees to marry George, and everything seems headed smoothly ahead, except for the mysterious criminal sending another poem to the Yard that seems to aim at Lucy. Then she finds disturbing items in Sanders' desk. And the story takes us back to the serious elements we saw earlier when Lucy was trying to find her missing pal.The film is quite good, and bears good comparison to later Sirk masterpieces like MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION and IMITATION OF LIFE. I only wish to add what several have pointed out: the performance of George Zucco as a Scotland Yard Lieutenant who works with Lucy, and is brave, but is also a perfect comic partner for her. Watch his interest in crosswords, and how she unconsciously helps him on them.
One of the Most Superbly Creepy Movies Ever Made (by Handlinghandel)
I like Douglas Sirk in his early Hollywood days. I'm not a fan of his later, more famous work, such as "Imitation of Life," which I consider in every way inferior to the version from the 1930s. Of course I like "Written on the Wind." Who wouldn't! He is at his very best in this intentionally creepy, suspenseful film noir. Lucille Ball volunteers to be a decoy in solving a string of murders of young women. The murderer writes a poem about each victim, in the style of Baudelaire. Though I'd call it a true noir, it is generally high toned, with excellent music. <more>
This includes a beuatifully played Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony that Ball attends live, as part of her work. What a collection of suspects we have here: Boris Karloff, Alan Mowbray, George Sanders, Cedric Hardwicke, George Zucco ...! This is not to mention Police Chief Charles Coburn, whom the viewer never holds above suspicion.Far be it from me so much as to hint at who the killer is. However, I must eliminate one of the suspects, who is eliminated in an early scene: Boris Karloff posts an advertisement to which Ball responds. He is a precursor to Norma Desmond: an aging recluse trying to relive his days of glory. He was, of all things, a dress designer. Ball has to model a beautiful gown he created years earlier. Karloff attacks this role with relish and he is superbly bizarre. The scene in which he lashes out at his faithful housekeeper is truly chilling.It's a trifle long, but I cannot imagine anyone's finding this cornucopia of luscious women -- Ball is at her best -- and unsavory suspects less than fascinating.