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The Blue Gardenia

Anne Baxter  Actor Richard Conte  Actor Ann Sothern  Actor Raymond Burr  Actor Jeff Donnell  Actor

MPAA Rating: NR
Contains:Mild Violence,Adult Situations,Questionable for Children

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The Blue Gardenia

UPC: 014381904222

Studio: Image Entertainment

MPAA Rating: NR   Contains:[Mild Violence, Adult Situations, Questionable for Children]

Summary: After learning that her boyfriend, a GI in Korea, has found someone else, Norah Larkin (Anne Baxter) impulsively agrees to meet womanizer Harry Prebble (Raymond Burr) for dinner. Norah allows herself to get drunk and accept Prebble's invitation to his apartment. When he tries to force himself on her, she hits him with a poker. Unfortunately, Prebble is found dead the next morning, and Norah, not even remembering how she got home, thinks that she killed him. Meanwhile, newspaperman Casey Mayo (Richard Conte), looking for an angle, invites the "Blue Gardenia Murderess" to turn herself in to him. The high point of the film is the interplay between the vulnerable Baxter and Burr at his smarmiest. ~ Steve Press, Rovi

Category: Drama

The Blue Gardenia

Format: DVD

Release Date: 04/11/2000

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Pre-1954 Standard

Audio: 1 USA & territories, Canada, 5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1

Runtime: 88 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Side #1
0. Chapter Selection
1. Main Title; Granite 1466 [4:48]
2. Happy Birthday [10:11]
3. Diving for Pearls [4:23]
4. Blue Gardenia [2:41]
5. One Too Many [9:23]
6. The Morning After [3:13]
7. On the Case [6:37]
8. A Guilty Conscience [6:27]
9. "Letter to an Unknown Murderess" [11:01]
10. Killer Amnesia [14:37]
11. Foul Play [6:07]
12. A Woman Scorned [8:40]

Tom Vick

The Blue Gardenia contains one of the purest examples of Fritz Lang's ability to transform commonplace pieces of household technology (such as clocks and telephones) into engines of destiny. Norah Larkin (Anne Baxter), at a moment of weakness (she's just read a letter from her boyfriend breaking off their relationship), answers a phone call meant for someone else and finds herself on a blind date with Raymond Burr's sleazy Harry Prebble, who ends up dead at the end of the night. In interviews, Lang often dismissed this film as a job-for-hire, but its recurring image of the telephone as a sinister conduit of possibly fatal information (and misinformation) remains intriguing. Decked out in a wonderfully tacky 1950s milieu featuring a tiki bar with Nat "King" Cole on the bandstand, The Blue Gardenia subtly questions that decade's mass-produced cultural blandness by exposing the dark side that's never very far below the surface, at least in Lang's films. ~ Tom Vick, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Alex Gottlieb  Producer 
Charles Hoffman  Screenwriter 
Raoul Kraushaar  Composer (Music Score) 
Fritz Lang  Director 
Anne Baxter  Actor 
Richard Conte  Actor 
Ann Sothern  Actor 
Raymond Burr  Actor 
Jeff Donnell  Actor 
Nat "King" Cole  Actor 
Richard Erdman  Actor 
George Reeves  Actor 
Ruth Storey  Actor 
Ray Walker  Actor 
Alex Gottlieb  Actor 
Celia Lovsky  Actor 
Frank Ferguson  Actor 
Robert Shayne  Actor 

Country: USA