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

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 <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>

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


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5 September 1947 (USA)  »

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Angelockt  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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 »

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Version of Personal Column (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 8 in B minor (Unfinished)
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Music by Franz Schubert
Played by the orchestra at the concert hall
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Lured/Pièges
27 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

As an user has pointed out,"lured" is the remake of Robert Siodmak's movie "Pièges" (1939) starring Marie Dea (Lucille Ball's part),Maurice Chevalier (Sanders' part) ,Erich Von Stroheim (Karloff's) and Pierre Renoir (Cedric Hardwicke's) Both versions are good.If ,like me,you've seen Siodmak's version first ,you'll probably find Sirk's work less interesting and vice versa . The differences between the treatments are minimal.

-George Sanders is a better choice than Maurice Chevalier ,cause we do believe he might be a serial killer,which is difficult with the French chanteur.

-On the other hand the scene featuring Boris Karloff is weaker than its French equivalent where Stroheim was more disturbing.

-In both movies,the weakest link is the part of the story where the heroine is a servant in a shady house.


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