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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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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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 »

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When Julian tell Sandra "...he chose death", Sandra silently says the line with him. See more »

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Sandra Carpenter: What is it tonight? A sweepstakes for zombies? I hope you two will be very happy.
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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 »

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Features Murder in the Night (1939) See more »

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You Stole My Peace of Mind
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An EXCELLENT film!
16 November 2001 | by (S. Bound Brook, NJ) – See all my reviews

For those of you who only know Ms. Ball as the "dizzy redhead" in the 50's sitcoms, you're in for a TREAT!

Before making the above, she was in many films -- Marx Brothers, The "Annabel" series, and this great film.

Backed by a solid cast (Zucco, Sanders, Karloff, Napier, Coburn), she acts as the "bait" to lure a London killer out of hiding.

Even tho (at least to ME) it was obvious who the killer is, it is fascinating watching her in a non-comedy role! And, she certainly was lovely!

If you get a chance to see this, DO SO! You won't be disappointed! It's a shame that she didn't make more films in this genre.


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