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Lured (1947)

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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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Don't answer this ad... Don't... don't... don't...


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5 September 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Angelockt  »

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The singing voice actually belonged to Annette Warren, who later dubbed in both "Fancy Pants" and "Sorrowful Jones"> 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 »

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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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24 December 2004 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

Director Douglas Sirk, later best-known for sappy Hollywood melodramas, makes this early Lucille Ball vehicle about a killer that writes poetry to the police about the victim he is going to kill. Ball plays a dance hall girl that loses a friend and decides to help by joining the Scotland Yard force. She begins to answer personal ads by men looking for attractive young women. Along the way she comes in contact with a slaving-like operation and a bizarre eccentric fashion designer played with incredible gusto by Boris Karloff. Karloff has roughly 5 minutes of screen time, but boy does he know how to use it. This is a very enjoyable film. If you are looking for a lot of action - look somewhere else. What you get here is a lot of talk and character studies. The cast is one of the most complete I have seen in some time. George Sanders, Cedric Hardwicke, Charles Coburn, Robert Coote, Alan Napier, George Zucco and Alan Mowbray round out this incredibly talented cast. Zucco really stands out as a plain-clothes policeman. Ball is beautiful, and she does a very credible job in the lead. Sometimes I forget that she was a gorgeous woman with a lot of talent other than making you laugh. But that was certainly her greatest gift. Lured is a good, old-fashioned mystery yarn. The killer is painfully obvious about halfway through, but the actors go through the motions with obvious relish. Unfortunately the DVD release I had by KINO had nothing on it all all in terms of extras...didn't even separate chapters from main feature!

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