While the light directorial touch of Douglas Sirk and some of the plot contrivances take this film out of the classic film noir genre, this is a very watchable movie with a fabulous cameo from Boris Karloff. George Sanders and Lucille Ball are both in top form here too.
2 1/2 out of 5 stars. Not enough Sirkness for me, Lured is just a murder mystery remake with an impressive cast. George Sanders was his enjoyably imposing self, but for as much as Lucille Ball stole the show, Boris Karloff in that minor role was pretty entertaining. The final half hour spent trying to clear Sanders made me feel like I was eating air for dinner but overall Lured isn't bad, its just not that great.
A very serviceable little murder mystery with some noir touches. Starts out excellent. Sanders is his usual suave ladykiller self, Ball excels given some good zingers that foreshadow her 50s success, Coburn provides his usual solid support, and Karloff makes one hell of a cameo. Unfortunately, the last 1/2 hr is quite heavy handed and dull, preventing this one from reaching classic status. For what it is, 3-3.5 stars
I finally get why Lucille Ball is so great, but I was also disappointed with dear Douglas' early serial killer murder mystery romance comedy (I should have known!). What a bore of a last 45 minutes and boy did Lucille's character transform from a witty secret agent to a helpless damsel. If anyone remakes this, just do a series of Craigslist hook-up seekers like ole Boris Karloff's madman fashion queen.