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The Blue Gardenia (1953)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 28 March 1953 (USA)
A telephone operator ends up drunk and at the mercy of a cad in his apartment. The next morning she wakes up with a hangover and the terrible fear she may be a murderess.

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Norah Larkin
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In Los Angeles, on the day of her birthday, the telephone operator Norah Larkin decides to celebrate dining alone at home, with the picture of her beloved fiancé, a soldier overseas, and reading his last letter to her. In the letter he tells her that he met an Army nurse stationed in Japan and plans to marry her. Norah, completely upset, accepts to blind date the Don Juan and photographer of calendar girls Harry Prebble. They go to the Blue Gardenia Club, and Norah drinks six strong cocktails Polynesian Pearl Divers and gets completely drunk. Harry takes her to his apartment and tries to force Norah to have sex, and she uses a poker to hit Harry on the head. On the next morning, she wakes-up in her apartment with her two roommates, but she can not remember what happened. When she reads the newspaper, she finds that Harry is dead and the police has her handkerchief, her high heels and her blue gardenia and is chasing the woman that killed the famous wolf Harry. When she reads in the ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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There was nothing lily-white about her !


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Trivia

During her fight scene with Raymond Burr, Anne Baxter suffered a torn ligament. See more »

Goofs

Perhaps unaware that his hands on the keyboard are visible in the mirror behind him, Nat 'King' Cole plays a strikingly different piano arrangement of "Blue Gardenia" than the one we are hearing. See more »

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Lt. George Foster: Dear Norah, You've probably learned by now that I'm not so hot as a letter writer. I remember when we were kids in Bakersfield and I worked vacations in San Joaquin Valley. You used to bawl me out for not writing. Well, I guess I've gotten worse. But, that doesn't mean I haven't been thinking about you... a lot. And also thinking about someone else, Norah. A nurse I met in Tokyo when I took a load of Commie shrapnel with me. Angela, that's her name, supplied the strength and the courage and ...
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Referenced in Django Unchained (2012) See more »

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Theme from 'Now, Voyager'
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Music by Max Steiner
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Presumed Guilty
8 January 2007 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Los Angeles, on the day of her birthday, the telephone operator Norah Larkin (Anne Baxter) decides to celebrate dining alone at home, with the picture of his beloved fiancé, a soldier overseas, and reading his last letter for her. In the letter he tells that he met a Japanese nurse and he wanted to get married with her. Norah, completely upset, accepts to blind date the Don Juan and photographer of calendar girls Harry Prebble (Raymond Burr). They go to the Blue Gardenia Club, and Norah drinks six strong cocktails Polynesian Pearl Divers and gets completely drunk. Harry takes her to his apartment and tries to force Norah to have sex, and she uses a poker to hit Harry on the head. On the next morning, she wakes-up in her apartment with her two roommates, but she can not remember what happened. When she reads the newspaper, she finds that Harry is dead and the police has her handkerchief, her high heels and her blue gardenia and is chasing the woman that killed the famous wolf Harry. When she reads in the newspaper that the journalist Casey Mayo (Richard Conte) is offering his support, exchanging per an exclusive interview, Norah decides to call him.

"The Blue Gardenia" is a very simple story, but credible based on the behavior of the women of the 50's. Anne Baxter, a couple of years after "All About Eve", has another great performance in the role of a desperate woman that is not sure that is innocent and is completely lost, needing a friend to help her. The cinematography is excellent, and in addition the viewer has a chance to see Nat King Cole singing "Blue Gardenia", certainly a plus in this good movie. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Gardênia Azul" ("The Blue Gardenia")


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