The Blue Gardenia

The Blue Gardenia

DVD - 2000
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Norah Larkin is a working girl who wakes up a murderess after passing out in the apartment of brutish playboy Harry Prebble. Branded "The Blue Gardenia" by a sensational columnist, Norah dodges dragnets, informants and the cruel hand of fate as she struggles to conceal her involvement with Prebble, and to remember the details of her ill-fated night. As her hopes for justice fade, she decides to gamble her future on the journalist who transformed her into such a notorious figure.

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petal2014
Sep 05, 2017

Pretty good 50's film noir. I found the dialogue kinda racy for that era as well. Did anyone catch the bartender stating that he favors men romantically? NTM, Anne Baxter's character asking her slimy date if her tropical drink will get her high? Overall, I really liked it. NTM it's always cool to hear Nat King Cole sing. Although I never heard the song "Blue Gardenia" before.

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garycornell
Dec 22, 2015

No matter how many times I watch "The Blue Gardenia" I am taken by the wonderful story. Although the movie does not have any big stars, the script carries the movie. Raymond Burr played a bad guy in some pretty famous movies, one being "Rear Window" by Alfred Hitchcock. He is wonderful as a "brutish playboy" in "The Blue Gardenia". If you missed this film, your missing one of Hollywood's all time classics!

C20T11 Nov 17, 2015

Excellent Movie.!!!!!!!!

7duffy Jul 19, 2014

Fritz Lang directed. Anne Baxter & Richard Cpnte starring. George Reeves (Superman) w/mustache in a supporting role. Not bad, but the 1-2-3 Hollywood ending wraps it up nicely in a matter of moments. Ann Sothern was great as Baxter's wise to the ways-of-the-world roommate. Raymond Burr is oddly effective as smarmy ladies-man. Nat King Cole in his first cameo, I believe. Not quite film noir, but close to it.

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Monolith
Oct 13, 2013

I liked it. Nothing extraordinary; a rather routine early '50s film noir, but I found it entertaining, due mainly to a cameo/title song from the velvet vocal cords of Nat King Cole, and the scrumptious eye-candy that was Anne Baxter. She gets herself into a mess because of a broken heart, which leads her to a convenient rebound and too many cocktails with a womanizing, pawing Perry Mason...

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Janice21383
May 31, 2011

This IS a Fritz Lang film, right? With a cast at the height of their careers? So, why does it looks so cheap? Why are the
performances in smaller roles so dated? No matter, Conte is fine as a reporter who finds out, at a rather advanced age, that good girls do. Baxter, miscast but game, plays the kind of girl who, instead of going out on her birthday, stays in with a picture of her soldier boyfriend, toasting it with champagne. And wouldn't you know, he sends her a Dear Jane letter. This prompts her to get hammered on fruity drinks and throw herself into the chunky arms of Raymond Burr. Haven't we all been there? By the way, why is Raymond Burr a chick magnet?

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Monolith
Oct 13, 2013

Norah Larkin (at the Blue Gardenia Chinese restaurant, tasting her first 'Polynesian Pearl Diver' cocktail): "Mmmm... It's good! (drinks more) ...But strong!" Harry Prebble: "Mainly ice and pineapple juice." Norah Larkin: "...Can I get high on one of these?" Harry Prebble: "...Do you want to?"

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