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104 Ratings


Directed by Douglas Sirk
United States, 1947
Crime, Mystery, Thriller


A serial killer in London is murdering young women whom he meets through the personal columns of newspapers; he announces each of his murders to the police by sending them a cryptic poem.

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Lured Directed by Douglas Sirk

Critics reviews

Even the forensics are made rich and fascinating, and the supporting cast is a hive of eccentrics… Craftily written (by Leo Rosten), with triple twists that would only become familiar stuff in the 80s, it’s as inventive, confident and spry as B-movies got.
November 04, 2016
While the shadowy mise-en-scène is suggestive of film noir, Ball’s strong personality and expansive presence, enhanced by shoulder pads and upswept hair, inflect the action toward comedy. Her character is regarded as an exotic import by virtually all the Londoners she meets — and also perhaps by Sirk, who uses her as a force of nature.
October 13, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Lured

    Lucy is brilliant in this second-rate Sirk. She radiates with confidence and a snarky sensuality. Unlike the perfectly gorgeous outfits she wears dazzlingly, this picture is much too small for her. Its entertaining tho, mainly because of her.

  • Jason's rating of the film Lured

    While LURED is essentially the sort of London-set octagonal crime and punishment yarn we might insist evokes early Hitchcocks the likes of THE LODGER and MURDER!, it leads w/ a galumphing music hall gait (and an affably vulgar Lucile Ball), the good guys and bad guys all sneaky artisans of deceit. Sirk modulates the pacing in the final act. Increasingly idiosyncratic suspense, ultimately about primal vulnerability.

  • Ingrid Bergman's rating of the film Lured

    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.

  • mjgildea's rating of the film Lured

    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.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Lured

    It wasn't lurid at all! Karloff is a hoot. Big fan of Lucy, but only in the movies. The reason I watched it was for Sanders, who is a self-described cad. Nice early work from Sirk.

  • FISCHER's rating of the film Lured

    D'après l'affaire Weidmann, qui défraya la chronique judiciaire française (1937) une oeuvre sympathique, aux moult fausses pistes qui se regarde sans déplaisir...

  • Kelvin Thompson's rating of the film Lured

    3-3.5. Delightfully twisty; probably my favorite line was Fleming's suggestive comment about '9's. Great premise and some really great lighting on display, too. It definitely carries Sirk's sensibilities as far as his handling of female leads. And it has an odd comic touch that really suits Ball as lead, too. The psycho fashion show in the first act is a highlight in that vein.

  • SpacePirate's rating of the film Lured

    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

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