LURED - DVD Movie
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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.
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.
Leo Rosten, who later wrote the novel "Captain Newman," which became a successful film starring Gregory Peck and Tony Curtis, penned a rapidly moving script while German emigre Douglas Sirk, who would later direct Rock Hudson in his two major dramatic triumphs at Universal, "The Magnificent Obsession" and "Written on the Wind," directed deftly and provided the kind of moody settings of nocturnal London that makes viewers feel a part of the scene.Read more ›
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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The DVD hangs up at several places. Attempted to play it with different top of the line equipment. None will play it. I wonder how Amazon can sell this.Published on March 24 2013 by Frank
Lucille Ball as the dramatic heroine of a murder mystery--who would have thought it? I'd only known her daffy "I Love Lucy" role, which I never liked much (forgive me, but I'm not... Read morePublished on March 28 2003 by Jill Kalter
Fans of Lucille Ball or director Douglas Sirk are in for a treat with this one. Interesting use of genre conventions in plot (even after you've guessed the killer, still fun),... Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2001 by Randy Buck
Wonderful suspense/thriller. Lucille Ball's performance proves she's not only a gifted actor in the field of comedy; Lucy does an outstanding job bringing drama to the screen. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2000 by ms. zebra
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