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Release Date:
5 September 1947 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
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Plot:
A serial killer in London is murdering young women whom he meets through the personal columns of newspapers;... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

George Sanders ... Robert Fleming

Lucille Ball ... Sandra Carpenter

Charles Coburn ... Inspector Harley Temple

Boris Karloff ... Charles van Druten

Cedric Hardwicke ... Julian Wilde (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)

Joseph Calleia ... Dr. Nicholas Moryani

Alan Mowbray ... Lyle Maxwell
George Zucco ... Officer H. R. Barrett
Robert Coote ... Officer Barret

Alan Napier ... Detective Gordon
Tanis Chandler ... Lucy Barnard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Annette Warren ... Blonde Nightclub Singer (singing voice)
Jimmy Aubrey ... Nelson (uncredited)
Lynn Baggett ... Robert's Rejected Girlfriend (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Concertgoer (uncredited)
Wilson Benge ... Police Criminologist (uncredited)
Colin Campbell ... Wilberforce (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Pierre the Headwaiter (uncredited)
Ann Codee ... Matilda (uncredited)
Charles Coleman ... Sir Charles (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Concertgoer (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Concertgoer in Lobby (uncredited)
Cyril Delevanti ... Medical Examiner (uncredited)
Herbert Evans ... Fleming's Butler (uncredited)
Charles Ferguson ... Man in Dance Hall (uncredited)
Alex Frazer ... Prof Harkness (uncredited)
Mary Jane French ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Gerald Hamer ... Harry Milton (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Old Man at Concert Asking for Whiskey (uncredited)
Isabel La Mal ... Dowager Shushing Fleming at Concert (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Man in Dance Hall (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Mike - Nightclub Bartender (uncredited)
Ethelreda Leopold ... Blonde Nightclub Singer (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Concertgoer (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Concertgoer (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... Concertgoer (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Concertgoer in Lobby (uncredited)
Eddie Parks ... Oswald Pickering (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Concertgoer (uncredited)
Wyndham Standing ... Asst. Medical Examiner (uncredited)
Dorothy Vaughan ... Mrs. Miller (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Ticket Booth Clerk (uncredited)
Florence Wix ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)

Directed by
Douglas Sirk 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jacques Companéez  story
Simon Gantillon  story
Ernst Neubach  story
Leo Rosten 

Produced by
Henry S. Kesler .... associate producer (as Henry Kesler)
James Nasser .... producer
Hunt Stromberg .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Michel Michelet 
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels  (as William Daniels)
 
Film Editing by
John M. Foley 
James E. Newcom 
 
Production Design by
Nicolai Remisoff 
 
Costume Design by
Elois Jenssen 
 
Makeup Department
Don L. Cash .... makeup artist
Josephine Sweeney .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Clarence Eurist .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
John R. Carter .... sound (as John Carter)
H. Connors .... sound
Joseph I. Kane .... sound (as Joe Kane)
 
Music Department
David Chudnow .... music supervisor
Herschel Burke Gilbert .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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Ramsay Hill .... technical advisor
 

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102 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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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:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Features Murder in the Night (1939)See more »
Soundtrack:
Symphony No. 8 in B minor (Unfinished)See more »

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16 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Split Personality, 16 May 2005
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

A killer lures lonely young women via the "personals" column in a London newspaper. A friend of one of the victims, an attractive dancer named Sandra Carpenter (Lucille Ball), acts as bait to catch the killer, under direction of Police Inspector Temple (Charles Coburn). One of the suspects is Robert Fleming (George Sanders) who may, or may not, be the killer. Fleming, suave and sophisticated, charms Carpenter into romantic complications.

The whodunit element of "Lured" gets off to a strong start, with good direction, some spooky lighting at the beginning, and an assortment of interesting suspects. But, as the film progresses, the whodunit element gets undercut by the developing romance between Carpenter and Fleming. The upbeat "All For Love" musical score, combined with elegant costumes, reinforce the romantic theme. The whodunit element sputters out about two-thirds through the film.

My impression is that the screenplay for this film was adapted from "Pieges", a 1939 French film (which I have not seen), billed as a romantic thriller. In "Lured", we certainly have a romantic theme; thrills maybe, depending on how you define "thrills". You get the feeling that the film's director (Douglas Sirk) started with the intention of making a whodunit, but later changed his mind and decided to make a romantic melodrama. The film's split personality may also be the result of the casting of two strong lead actors (Ball and Sanders), whom we do not usually associate with murder mysteries.

"Lured" certainly has entertainment value. I love Lucy no matter what role she plays. Coburn and Sanders are nearly always engaging. The film has good B&W cinematography. The dialogue is crisp. And the film provides some great nostalgia, via 1940's clothes, hairstyles, and music. Overall, "Lured" has a great cast and some wonderful atmosphere. But, when I want to watch a murder mystery from the 30's or 40's, I will be more inclined to watch a film whose sole aim is to present a whodunit puzzle, such as, for example, a good old fashion Charlie Chan film with Sidney Toler ... romance be damned.

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