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First she starred opposite Mark Stevens in the little know film noir classic "The Dark Corner" and after recieving excellent reviews was given the lead role in "Lured" a Douglas Sirk directed murder mystery. The top-notch cast including Boris Karloff, Cedric Hardwick, George Sanders and George Zucco are all excellent in supporting roles but make no mistake about it "Lured" is arguably the best film of Lucille Ball's movie career.
It's the story of a stranded American Taxi Dancer in London who helps Scotland Yard trap a serial killer who lures his victims through the personal columns. The movie features intricate plot twists, great atmospheric sets, beautiful gowns and enough red herrings to satisfy the most avid murder mystery buffs.
Finally, it is a real joy to see Lucille Ball in a quality film with a real dramatic character to play, acting like she should have been given these kinds of good roles all along. I highly recommend this gem.
The experienced cast is a delight to watch with George Sanders as a charming, debonair cad (as usual); Charles Coburn as the methodical but fatherly detective (a bit of miscasting there, but he pulls it off); and Lucille Ball as the shrewd, captivating heroine of our tale in one of her non-comedic roles. I enjoyed watching everyone, including Boris Karloff who plays the odd part of an insane haute couture designer to the hilt, although he is on the screen for only about 10 minutes. (Why, pray tell, is Karloff's photo on the cover of the DVD, when his role in the movie is such a minor one?) Only Sir Cedric Hardwick appears to be dispassionately walking through his part, although the story's denouement may explain why.
The print of the film is sharp and crisp for the most part, although a few short scenes appear to have been taken from an inferior source and contain some distracting artifacts. The sound varies from reel to reel, but is generally good and always acceptable. Overall, this is a fine print of an engaging film, and especially interesting because of Lucille Ball who successfully (I think) pulls off a dramatic role with balance and assurance.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Disappointed in the quality of the movie. I don't usually pay so much for DVD's but I wanted this one badly. It needs to be remastered. Read morePublished 2 months ago by WOLFIE
Uneven and overlong film has a miscast Lucille Ball starring as a taxi dancer whose best friend becomes the victim of a serial killer who sends poems to the police the night before... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joseph H Smart
IT a wonderful Classic Movie love George Sanders, Lucille Ball great actress...Published 12 months ago by Iliana Valenzuela
Loved this film,secon time around,for great performances for George Zucco as Lucy's (Sandra's) Scotland Yard backup,hilarious which I'd never expected-watch him with the crossword... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ellen
Great to see Lucille Ball in dramas with a taint of Lucy humorPublished on July 28, 2014 by KP Jones
Lucille Ball best known as a comedian was a serious actress before I love Lucy.
Her best film noir is Dark Corner a must for any film collector of Lucy or film noir
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