The Blue Gardenia
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After learning that her boyfriend, a GI in Korea, has found someone else, Norah Larkin (Anne Baxter) impulsively agrees to meet womanizer Harry Prebble (Raymond Burr) for dinner. Norah allows herself to get drunk and accept Prebble's invitation to his apartment. When he tries to force himself on her, she hits him with a poker. Unfortunately, Prebble is found dead the next morning, and Norah, not even remembering how she got home, thinks that she killed him. Meanwhile, newspaperman Casey Mayo (Richard Conte), looking for an angle, invites the "Blue Gardenia Murderess" to turn… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The weakness in this case clearly lies in a script by Charles Hoffman, which is hackneyed and tedious from beginning to end."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Relatively minor but still gripping film noir."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Fritz Lang on a shoestring, photographing Los Angeles with Bu˝uelian speed and strangeness"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Never has a chance to bloom."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Lang manages to make Blue Gardenia his own, and he does so not by transcending the banality of the material but by giving this banality a thematic (dare I say, philosophical) significance."
‑ Sam Ishii-Gonzales, Senses of Cinema
"The somewhat wilted plot manages to take on an unaccustomed bloom in Fritz Lang's direction and the acting of an adept cast."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"[A] little-seen thriller from Fritz Lang's rich and strange late period."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Made the same year as The Big Heat, Fritz Lang's lesser-known The Blue Gardenia plays just as well."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Lang's edgy direction and long tracking shots emphasize the characters' sense of entrapment in circumstances and drives the action towards its compelling conclusion."
‑ , Film4
"A stock story and handling keep The Blue Gardenia from being anything more than a regulation mystery melodrama."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"This is one of Fritz Lang's weaker efforts in film noir, although his great visual style is evident in every scene."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Emotionally involving thriller, directed with inventivess"
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Rent it as an example of a film noir that strayed from the formula, not as a really great film."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
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