Lured (1947)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery  |  5 September 1947 (USA)
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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. ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Inspector Harley Temple
Charles van Druten
Julian Wilde (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Dr. Nicholas Moryani
Lyle Maxwell
George Zucco ...
Officer H. R. Barrett
Robert Coote ...
Officer Barret
Detective Gordon
Tanis Chandler ...
Lucy Barnard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Annette Warren ...
Blonde Nightclub Singer (singing voice)


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. Written by David Levene <>

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Release Date:

5 September 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Angelockt  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title was changed to "Personal Column" midway through the original U.S. theatrical release because staff at the Production Code Administration thought the word "lured" sounded too much like "lurid". Director Douglas Sirk felt the title change confused potential audiences and led to the film's box-office failure. See more »


There are no lenses in Sir Cedric Hardwicke's eye glasses. In the library scene this is very noticeable. When Charles Coburn puts on his glasses the lenses are easily seen and they reflect light, unlike the pair Sir Cedric is wearing. See more »


Robert Fleming: You don't object to kissing your husband's business partner from time to time, do you?
Sandra Carpenter: That depends on how many business partners you have.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits - a flashlight pans along the side of a building, and the credits are written on the side of the wall. See more »


Features Murder in the Night (1939) See more »


All for Love
Music by Michel Michelet
Lyrics by Jacqueline Duffie
Sung by Ethelreda Leopold
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All For Love
1 July 2006 | by (Van Buren, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

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 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.

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