The Blue Gardenia ()

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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
Casey Mayo
Crystal Carpenter
Harry Prebble
Sally Ellis
Police Capt. Sam Haynes
Ruth Storey ...
Rose Miller
Nat 'King' Cole
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Switchboard Monitor (uncredited)
Policeman (uncredited)
Music Shop Clerk (uncredited)
Lela Bliss ...
Miss Stanley (uncredited)
Policewoman (uncredited)
News Stand Dealer (uncredited)
Papa John Creach ...
Man playing violin (uncredited)
Mike Donovan ...
Fingerprint Officer (uncredited)
Drunk Reporter (uncredited)
Sam Finn ...
Photographer (uncredited)
Elizabeth Flournoy ...
Assistant Switchboard Monitor (uncredited)
Woman At Bar (uncredited)
Alex Gottlieb ...
Man (uncredited)
Patrolman Hopper (uncredited)
Sam Harris ...
Nightclub Patron at Blue Gardenia (uncredited)
Disturbed Woman with Big Feet (uncredited)
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Detective (uncredited)
Frank Kreig ...
Drunken Reporter (uncredited)
Bill (uncredited)
Tommy Lee ...
Waiter (uncredited)
May - the Flower Woman (uncredited)
Peggy McKim ...
Sneezing Girl (uncredited)
Passerby (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ...
Information Desk Guard (uncredited)
Lt. George Foster (uncredited) (voice)
Joey Ray ...
Prebble's Assistant (uncredited)
'Chronicle' Managing Editor (uncredited)
Police Recorder (uncredited)
Cleaning Woman (uncredited)
Doctor (uncredited)
Photographer (uncredited)
Policewoman (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ...
Woman at Bar (uncredited)
Drunken Sailor (uncredited)
Blue Gardenia Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by

Fritz Lang

Written by

Charles Hoffman ... (screenplay)
Vera Caspary ... (story)

Produced by

Alex Gottlieb ... producer

Music by

Raoul Kraushaar
Dave Kahn ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

Nicholas Musuraca ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Edward Mann

Art Direction by

Charles D. Hall ... (as Daniel Hall)

Makeup Department

James R. Barker ... makeup artist (as James Barker)
Gene Hibbs ... makeup artist

Production Management

Maurie M. Suess ... production supervisor (as Maurie Suess)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Emmett Emerson ... assistant director

Sound Department

Ben Winkler ... sound

Special Effects by

Willis Cook ... special effects

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Izzy Berne ... wardrobe: men
Maria P. Donovan ... wardrobe: ladies (as Maria Donovan)
Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Other crew

Don McDougall ... script supervisor
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

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 newspaper that the journalist Casey Mayo is offering his support, exchanging per an exclusive interview, Norah decides to call him. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines There was nothing lily-white about her ! See more »
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Also Known As
  • La femme au gardénia (France)
  • Gardenia - Eine Frau will vergessen (Germany)
  • Gardenia azul (Spain)
  • Mavi bar (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • Blekitna gardenia (Poland)
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  • 85 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia Director Fritz Lang and cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca developed a revolutionary dolly for the camera that allowed for sustained tracking shots and intimate close-ups while shooting this film. Lang preferred the practice of tracking into a close-up shot of an actor as opposed to cutting to a close-up in editing. He believed the tracking close-up captured more of the actors' intimacy and emotions. 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 »
Movie Connections Referenced in Django Unchained (2012). See more »
Soundtracks Blue Gardenia See more »
Quotes Sally Ellis: I didn't like Prebble when he was alive. But now that he's been murdered, that always makes a man so romantic.
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