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


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


When Sandra goes to visit Julian towards the end of the movie, they have a conversation, and when Julian says, "That's why he chose death," you can see that Sandra is saying something we don't hear. See more »


Inspector Harley Temple: Miss Carpenter there will be danger... great danger. Are you afraid?
Sandra Carpenter: No, not yet!
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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 »


Version of Personal Column (1939) See more »


Symphony No. 8 in B minor (Unfinished)
Music by Franz Schubert
Played by the orchestra at the concert hall
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Excellent Thriller
12 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Great Film Noir, Well acted by all, One of the best 1940's crime movies, George Sanders and Lucille Ball have perfect chemistry, The movie will keep you guessing until the end. This "rediscovered" classic from 1947 has one of Lucille Ball's best dramatic roles of her career. A Jack-the-Ripper-like serial killer is looking for and murdering beautiful young women, and Lucille Ball's characters friend is the killer's latest victim. Wanting desperately to help the police find the brutal murderer, she is hired by Scotland Yard to become a decoy for the killer, who lures his victims through newspaper advertisements. Lots of plot twists keep movie exciting to the end.

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