DATELINE: George Sanders Loves Lucy!
Lucille Ball, George Sanders, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Boris Karloff, and Charles Coburn. If you are an old movie fan, these names together in a movie will send you into the stratosphere. It’s a murder mystery set in modern London with an American showgirl recruited by Scotland Yard to catch a serial killer.
Lured is a 1947 film overlooked by most because it is such a cross against typecast.
Lucy is sarcastically funny when she needs to be. George Sanders actually has a line in which he states, “I’m an unmitigated cad,” and the killer has a penchant for the poetry of Charles Baudelaire.
This is not your usual mystery film. Douglas Sirk directs with his usual great aplomb and knows how to let his highly idiosyncratic actors play their stereotypes to the hilt. He made his name later in big budget soap opera movies, but here he plays film noir like a comic Hitchcock.
Not only that, the film is beautiful to look at—with its glossy black and white sets that do not scrimp on atmosphere.
Coburn is the lead Yard inspector—and his assistants are Alan Napier and Robert Coote!
The litany of rogue suspects is peachy Boris Karloff and Lucy are marvelous as he is the mad fashion designer and she is his model. Later she attends a Schubert concert after joining the staff of butler Alan Mowbray. She must hunt down each suspect with her brash comedy timing. You will soon recognize the Lucy you love.
You may not guess who the culprit is until the final reel—and Lucy does an excellent job working for Scotland Yard.
A lost gem, you owe it to see this charming comedy thriller.