The Blue Gardenia

The Blue Gardenia

Downloadable Video - 1953
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A telephone operator ends up drunk and at the mercy of a cad in his apartment. The next morning she wakes up with a hangover and the terrible fear she may be a murderess.
Publisher: [USA] : , Films sans frontières (Firm) [distridutor], , [1953]
Copyright Date: ©1953
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (1 hr. 28 min. 19 sec.)) : sound, color

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Nursebob
Jul 09, 2018

With a plot as believable as a cheap dime store novel and melodramatic performances all around, this 50’s potboiler would be laughed out of the theatres were it were released today. But it wasn’t, thank goodness, and there remains an earnestness to Fritz Lang’s magnificent direction which takes the lean dark streets of Los Angeles and turns them into an alternate reality of suspicious glances and fogbound paranoia using long tracking shots and shaded close-ups. Baxter’s hysterics are credible and she can turn them on and off with the flick of a switch as she goes from gullible doormat to California’s Most Wanted in a swirl of platinum curls and addled wits. Helping her out are Richard Conte as a crusading reporter eager to get the true story before the police do, a perpetually smirking George “Superman” Reeves as the cynical detective determined to find the killer, and Ann Sothern and Jeff Donnell as Norah’s roommates—one a kooky airhead addicted to crime novels, the other a pragmatic divorcée with a knack for finding a few clues on her own. Even the late great Nat king Cole makes a cameo crooning the film’s theme song. It’s all pretty ludicrous when you take the time to think it out and the “big reveal” at the end is practically handed to you ten minutes after the film begins, but over sixty years later it’s still a lot of fun to watch. Think of it as Film Noir Lite with a side of corn.

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petal2014
Sep 05, 2017

Pretty good 50's film noir. I found the dialogue kinda racy for that era as well. Did anyone catch the bartender stating that he favors men romantically? NTM, Anne Baxter's character asking her slimy date if her tropical drink will get her high? Overall, I really liked it. NTM it's always cool to hear Nat King Cole sing. Although I never heard the song "Blue Gardenia" before.

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garycornell
Dec 22, 2015

No matter how many times I watch "The Blue Gardenia" I am taken by the wonderful story. Although the movie does not have any big stars, the script carries the movie. Raymond Burr played a bad guy in some pretty famous movies, one being "Rear Window" by Alfred Hitchcock. He is wonderful as a "brutish playboy" in "The Blue Gardenia". If you missed this film, your missing one of Hollywood's all time classics!

C20T11 Nov 17, 2015

Excellent Movie.!!!!!!!!

7duffy Jul 19, 2014

Fritz Lang directed. Anne Baxter & Richard Cpnte starring. George Reeves (Superman) w/mustache in a supporting role. Not bad, but the 1-2-3 Hollywood ending wraps it up nicely in a matter of moments. Ann Sothern was great as Baxter's wise to the ways-of-the-world roommate. Raymond Burr is oddly effective as smarmy ladies-man. Nat King Cole in his first cameo, I believe. Not quite film noir, but close to it.

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Janice21383
May 31, 2011

This IS a Fritz Lang film, right? With a cast at the height of their careers? So, why does it looks so cheap? Why are the
performances in smaller roles so dated? No matter, Conte is fine as a reporter who finds out, at a rather advanced age, that good girls do. Baxter, miscast but game, plays the kind of girl who, instead of going out on her birthday, stays in with a picture of her soldier boyfriend, toasting it with champagne. And wouldn't you know, he sends her a Dear Jane letter. This prompts her to get hammered on fruity drinks and throw herself into the chunky arms of Raymond Burr. Haven't we all been there? By the way, why is Raymond Burr a chick magnet?

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