George Sanders ■ Lucille Ball ■ Charles Coburn ■ Boris Karloff
A serial killer in London is murdering young women whom 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 so lure the killer.
I was snooping around youtube when I found this movie and as a fan of both Lucillle Ball and film noir I decided to give it a whirl. I found it to be a perfectly delightful way to spend an evening.
If one only watches I Love Lucy you will never get to see how versatile she could be. The queen of comedy she most definitely is but she could also hold her own in some more serious roles. In Lured she gets to play both ends of the spectrum with terror in a scene and humor in the next. I got a good laugh when the cop assigned to her tells her to take care of her gun and gives it to her and she turns right around and gives his even bigger one back to him.
This movie has many of the stereotypical elements of film noir that make them so wonderful, fog, dark alleys, those camera angles... and of course you can't forget the damsel who, while even in distress, manages to take care of herself.
I have to admit that I had the killer figured out fairly quickly but events made question a time or two, in the end, though, all of those Agatha Christie books paid off.
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...Officer Barret
Alan Napier...Detective Gordon
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