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A great whodunit
I was drawn in just from reading the cast of this film. The bizarre prospect of Lucille Ball and Boris Karloff together is enough for a double take by itself. But the whole cast is loaded with star power and works wonderfully as others have noted. I agree with Will Fox that it's fun to watch for the clues and try to sort them out. But if you're surprised in the end, don't be surprised! Reminds me a bit of the first time I saw The Sting.
Best Lucille Ball Film Ever!
- Will Fox
Enjoyable! Engaging emotions, George Sanders and Charles Coburn always charm and add class. Completely complemented, they share scenes with an amazing array of co-stars: Sir Cedric Hardwicke as an introverted impresario; Boris Karloff as a haute couture dress designer; and Alan Mowbray plus George Zucco play heavies, sinister shadowy figures. Initially each man seems suspicious, as a Jack-the-Ripper, serial murder while simultaneously playing against their usual stereo-typecastings. Very clever casting heights suspense and intrigues us. Most intriguing and charming is all American, Lucille Ball's spunky Sandra, as a wise-cracking, Ginger Roger-esque, Technicolor Tessie, taxi dancer. Yes, the red-headed, blue-eyed beauty with long legs "walks the dog" and becomes Scotland Yard's bait. Surely, she knows what she is doing. See Lucy, (stranded showgirl, left in London, bankrupt, needing leering louts' dance tickets) evolve easily into elegant enticer. Lovely Lucy lives, long before becoming 1) TV's favorite, ditsy comedienne and 2) one of Hollywood's most powerful players, leading DesiLu Studio, etc. Her genuinely warm, down-to-Earth forthrightness shines sincerely in every scene. Everyone loves Lucy. Except, one enticed man eludes entrapment, while wanting to exclude others or eliminate Lucy. Thanks to TCM, you can enjoy playing detective, discovering many clues. Who wants exclusivity? Unexpected educational bonus: Intelligently introduces Human Trafficing; how happens and hazards. Best Lucille Ball Film Ever: 4 Stars!
Assured of Lured
The pleasure is mine to agree with the favorable reception this movie deserves with its cast of appealing out of character actors amidst an unexpectedly dark murder plot interlaced with some comedic oddities & legitimate drama!
- kevin sellers
It's stylishly done, with an uncharacteristic, but welcome, low key Lucille Ball performance, and the usual good work from pros like George Sanders (playing a hero, for a change) Charles Coburn, Cedrick Hardwicke, and Boris Karloff. Yes, you read that right. At one point in this movie, Frankenstein meets Lucy Ricardo, and it's my favorite scene. On the down side, it's not very suspenseful or scary (afraid the usually fine director Douglas Sirk's to blame for this) and I tabbed Hardwicke as the villain about a third of the way through Leo Rosten's merely ok screenplay. And somehow a Sirk film without color, and not set in 50s America, just seems kinda bland. So let's give it a C plus.
- LaJuana Smith
I was so pleasantly surprised one evening when passing time I tuned in to this light mystery, Lured. I really got into it and wanted so to finish it, however was called away before the ending. Now I am abashed at not having the satisfaction of knowing the "who done it" and how the clues led to finding him. When will it play again?
Darn Good Flick
Lucy does well as dime-a-dance girl turned undercover cop. George Zucco an absolute delight in every scene he's in!Glad to see him as other than evil Prof Moriarty in Adv Of Sherlock Holmes. George Sanders not his usual cad, and Sir Cedric-well, the last to be suspected.
This film presents the best of so many actors, Ball, Coburn, Zucco, Calleia, Sanders, Mowbray, Hardwicke and Karloff. And it makes you understand how a young Douglas Sirk went on to fame and fortune, despite how incongruous this feature is with what he later became known for.The movie walks a wonderful thin line between a police procedural and a romantic mystery. Ball is the glue that holds it all together and she was never better. Zucco had a go at (for once) not being the "weird bad guy with glasses." Karloff's turn as a jilted designer of couture is a bit of a stretch and perhaps the movies lone odd bit, but hey, any scene that includes Lucille Ball, Boris Karloff and a somewhat cranky Bulldog can't be all bad!I sense that this movie is overlooked -- and it should not be. It is a delight!
- saratoga gal
I took the wrong DVD off the shelf at the library. I got home and found myself with a copy of Lured instead of another film. Decided to watch it anyway. Hey, it had Lucy ( who made some very good noir films) George Sanders ( a favorite from All About Eve) and Charles Coburn ( who did films with Jean Arthur). To my surprise this was a nice little thriller done by Douglas Sirk. Try it the next time it is on TCM. Currently it can only be had by ordering from foreign sources.
guilty pleasure, like eating bon bons
- el debbo
Darkness, thick plumes of fog, nearly empty night streets o' London ... so atmospheric it reminds me of the walks during blackout in Rita Hayworth's "Tonight and Every Night". Sirk telegraphs a real sense of forboding in these dark early scenes. Not unrealistic for the mid-forties, and just shows us how the bright lights of today take away from the allure of Old London town. It's not the Grapes of Wrath, but it's a decent little movie carried by wonderful actors and good sets and Sirk's vision. Give me heavy mist! wet cobblestones! a killer with eight notches on his belt! a sassy dancer with veiled hats and fab dresses! a police force all half-barmy over her! Five indulgent stars, thank you very much, ma'am.
All-Star Cast transcends average script with captivating chemistry and fascinating study of character.Normally an average film at best, but with the likes of Lucille Ball, George Sanders, Charles Coburn, Boris Karloff, George Zucco,Alan Mowbray, Cedric Hardwicke, Alan Napier and above average background actors, the movie sizzles with curiosity and intrigue. The intrigue is mainly on the main Actors, and how they integrate . Lucille Ball is trying to catch a killer in England and she is lovely. Lucy displays depth in her acting and keeps the viewer totally interested. A sound track that is more annoying than helpful holds the film back, but add more bass and it will make it more enjoyable.A nice little gem that will bring smiles to your face and pleasure to your life. This film is truly a "guilty pleasure." 5 out of 5 stars.
- Jay Higgins
Solid mystery thriller, very well cast. Lucille Ball is terrific in a dramatic role. Good photography and lighting. Great pace and it's always interesting.
LUCILLE BALL AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE
How refreshing to see Lucille Ball in this dramatic, glamorous role. It is a welcome change from all of her future comedic roles that made her famous and a household name. Charles Coburn is his usual charming self as the Inspector. "Sandra Carpenter" wears some fabulous, eye-catching gowns and looks beautiful in them.
Gorgeous Lucille Ball Lures Killer
- c velazquez
This film is top notched in every way from glamour and humor to suspense. Ms. Ball is a real dish in this film. She's funny, playful, smart and quite a sight in an off the shoulder sculpture fitting gown. The rest of the character actors are a treat but George Sanders performance displays a vulnerability rarely shown by him. This film is pure entertainment-a real delight!
Mysterious and suspenseful film!
- Tim Wynn
Lured is a great film noir that showcases shadow and light in dark places like never before. Setting in the streets of London, the film provides terrific suspense and mystery. Lucille Ball is amazing playing as a brave and strongheaded dancer who is used to lure in the serial killer. This film needs to be shown on TCM for viewers to see!!