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  • Actors: George Sanders, Lucille Ball, Charles Coburn, Boris Karloff, Cedric Hardwicke
  • Directors: Douglas Sirk
  • Writers: Ernst Neubach, Jacques Companéez, Leo Rosten, Simon Gantillon
  • Producers: Henry S. Kesler, Hunt Stromberg, James Nasser
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Mongrel Media
  • Release Date: Sept. 1 2004
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305848769
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #99,700 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen Sampson Hudson on Oct. 9 2003
Format: DVD
"Lured" is a forgotten thriller of a movie, starring Lucille Ball as an American in London who helps Scotland Yard capture a serial killer. The subtle plotting is fast-paced and satisfying. Ball sparkles with wit and sophistication and makes the movie special.
You will be kept in suspense until the very end. If you know Ball only through her most famous manifestation as zany Lucy Ricardo, this movie will reveal her ability to fulfill a dramatic/romantic role. Although the real-life chemistry that sizzled between Ball and Desi Arnaz on the tv show is missing here, the supporting cast is splendid, and the city of London as it was in the 40s provides an interesting backdrop. Highly recommended.
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Fans of Lucy will be surprised to see her in this "re-discovered" thriller as I was. I knew she had done one film noir in 1946-"The Dark Corner" where she played a private dick's secretary. She was good in it, playing it straight. But this one I had read about but it was so obscure (not even turning up on TV) that I figured I'd probably never see it. I had also read that she didn't like this film because it was so morbid. Kino has resurrected it on video then DVD and it's wonderful. Not really morbid (maybe to her it was) but it is a serial killer tale set in foggy London and she is a tough, been-around American showgirl stranded there when her show folds. While working as a taxi-dancer, her roommate disappears and is later found to have fallen prey to a madman who lures pretty girls to their deaths through the personals and then sends Scotland Yard twisted clues based on morbid poetry. Ball is excellent as the detectives use her as a decoy to trap the killer and the cast features Boris Karloff as a mad clothes designer(!) who tries to use her to model his designs for his "critics"---actually an empty room save for his dogs. Karloff is one of many strange characters she encounters answering the personals looking for the killer...great cast all around. Lucy is just wonderful.
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Lucille Ball starred in Hunt Stromberg's independent production of "Lured" in 1947, four years before she began her long and eminently successful run starring with husband Desi Arnez in the hilarious sitcom "I Love Lucy," which broke TV records for longevity. In "Lured" Lucille is cast as an undercover police decoy in London seeking to help capture a twentieth century "Jack the Ripper" serial killer of women.
On the surface it would appear highly unlikely that "Lured" would serve as a genesis or prelude to Lucy's comedy triumph which began four years later. Ironically the similarities are paramount. While the dramatic vehicle is devoid of the kind of hilarious slapstick that helped make "I Love Lucy" a big hit, one sees the same wisecracking lady in action. In "Lured" using humor and delivering the proper one-liners enable her to survive.
At the story's beginning Lucy, an actress whose London show bombed early, gets a job at a taxi dancing establishment at night to survive. When her closest friend and fellow dancer is killed, she visits detective Charles Coburn at Scotland Yard. Coburn is impressed by her native intelligence coupled with her beauty. He finds her the perfect lure to trap the brutal killer who has been terrorizing London women.
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By A Customer on May 18 2000
A long over-looked suspence thriller by the once highly esteemed Douglas Sirk - his films of the fifties were better known - i.e. MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION & IMITATION OF LIFE, et. al. I just recently viewed this film last week and now realise my previous review didn't do it justice. Lucy gave a surprisingly good dramatic performance as an American taxi-dancer working in London. La Ball helps the police catch a madman who's out on the loose by posing as a decoy! Lucy co-stars with the elegantly sinister George Sanders and Charles Coburn is super in his offbeat role as Inspecter Temple. George Sanders (as a trivia note, Lucy and Sanders supposedly had a brief affair during this time) is exceedingly suave as Robert Fleming, Sandra's protective nightclub owner boyfriend. Ball, who had already appeared in dozens of films by this time, displays the inimitable spark which she would ignite into dynamite four years later doing I LOVE LUCY. The supporting cast is quite good : Boris Karloff, Sir Cedric Hardwicke and George Zucco. Our Lucyball even gets to sing! (alas, she is dubbed by Annette Warren).
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In 1947 Lucille Ball didn't have a studio home from which to make movies. She had just left MGM due to the lackluster treatment she had been subjected to during her stay there. So during this period of her film career she was forced to freelance in order to keep working. The lack of studio influence on who and what she played allowed her the rare opportunity to play way out of character from her standard movie roles which had been dominated by chorus girls and wise-cracking, hard-nosed secretaries.
First she starred opposite Mark Stevens in the little know film noir classic "The Dark Corner" and after recieving excellent reviews was given the lead role in "Lured" a Douglas Sirk directed murder mystery. The top-notch cast including Boris Karloff, Cedric Hardwick, George Sanders and George Zucco are all excellent in supporting roles but make no mistake about it "Lured" is arguably the best film of Lucille Ball's movie career.
It's the story of a stranded American Taxi Dancer in London who helps Scotland Yard trap a serial killer who lures his victims through the personal columns. The movie features intricate plot twists, great atmospheric sets, beautiful gowns and enough red herrings to satisfy the most avid murder mystery buffs.
Finally, it is a real joy to see Lucille Ball in a quality film with a real dramatic character to play, acting like she should have been given these kinds of good roles all along. I highly recommend this gem.
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