The Blue Gardenia

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The Blue Gardenia ★★★½ 1953

Seminal but rarely seen film noir. No-rah Larkin (Baxter) wakes up one morning in the apartment of womanizing lout Harry Prebble (Burr). He's dead and she's labeled “The Blue Gardenia” murderess by newspaper columnist Casey Mayo (Conte). Required viewing for fans of vintage mysteries. 88m/B DVD . Anne Baxter, Richard Conte, Ann Sothern, Raymond Burr, George Reeves, Nat King Cole, Jeff Donnell, Richard Erdman, Ray Walker, Ruth Storey; D: Fritz Lang; W: Charles Hoffman; C: Nicholas Musuraca; M: Raoul Kraushaar.