Blue Gardenia, The (Warner 1953, Anne Baxter, Richard Conte)

The Blue Gardenia

In The Blue Gardenia, trying to mend a broken heart, telephone operator Norah Larkin (Anne Baxter) agrees to a date with the office stud, Harry Prebble (Raymond Burr). At his apartment later that night, Harry plies her with a drink, but Norah resists his aggressive advances, fending him off with a fireplace poker.

The next morning, Harry is dead and Norah can’t remember what happened. As the police investigate, newspaperman Casey Mayo takes an interest in the case. Locating Norah through appeals to her in his column, he convinces her she is a murderess. But that’s before the final twist in Fritz Lang’s film noir mystery.

Lang directed The Blue Gardenia as a work-for-hire, but his artistry looms in the use of the camera for psychological insight and in making even trusty, everyday items (such as a telephone) appear potentially lethal.

The Blue Gardenia Anne Baxter

Cast: Anne Baxter, Richard Conte, Ann Sothern, Raymond Burr, Jeff Donnell, Richard Erdman, Nat King Cole

Director: Fritz Lang
Producer: Alex Gottlieb
Original Story: Vera Caspary
Editor: Edward Mann
Composer: Raoul Kraushaar
Screenwriter: Charles Hoffman
Art Director: Daniel Hall

USA / Warner Bros / 90 minutes / 1953

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