The Blue Gardenia (1953)



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A woman finds herself accused of murdering the stranger she went home with in this film noir. Knowing only that the killer, who beat the man to death with a poker, is a woman, a reporter posts an open plea for the murderess to turn herself in. Though innocent of killing the man, the woman decides to respond to the ad, calling herself a friend of the accused. She and the reporter meet each other at the Blue Gardenia several times and gradually fall in love. Believing her to be guilty, the reporter urges her to confess. But then the real killer shows up and all ends happily for the lovers.
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Warner Bros.


Anne Baxter
as Norah Larkin
Richard Conte
as Casey Mayo
Raymond Burr
as Harry Prebble
Jeff Donnell
as Sally Ellis
Ann Sothern
as Crystal Carpenter
Robert Shayne
as Doctor
George Reeves
as Haynes
Celia Lovsky
as Blind Woman
Frank Ferguson
as Drunkard
Ray Walker
as Homer
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Critic Reviews for The Blue Gardenia

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

The weakness in this case clearly lies in a script by Charles Hoffman, which is hackneyed and tedious from beginning to end.

Full Review… | February 25, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

The somewhat wilted plot manages to take on an unaccustomed bloom in Fritz Lang's direction and the acting of an adept cast.

Full Review… | February 25, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

A stock story and handling keep The Blue Gardenia from being anything more than a regulation mystery melodrama.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

Relatively minor but still gripping film noir.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

[A] little-seen thriller from Fritz Lang's rich and strange late period.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This is one of Fritz Lang's weaker efforts in film noir, although his great visual style is evident in every scene.

Full Review… | February 25, 2013
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for The Blue Gardenia

A stock story and handling keep The Blue Gardenia from being anything more than a regulation mystery melodrama.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

Another good thriller from Fritz Lang. It's really exciting and dramatic, and the actors are good. I liked this movie.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Have you ever discovered that someone was planning a surprise party for you so you went along with it, acting surprised even though you really weren't? And then you discovered that, instead of the expected fifty guests, only three or four of your friends showed up? And then only one of them brought a gift? And then that gift turned out to be something you already have? If so then you already know what it's like to watch The Blue Gardenia.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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