The Blue Gardenia (1953 Crime, Drama, Film-Noir)

directed by Fritz Lang and starring Anne Baxter, Richard Conte, and Ann Sothern. It is based on a novella by Vera Caspary. An independent production distributed by Warner Bros., The Blue Gardenia – a cynical take on press coverage of a sensational murder case – was the first installment of Lang’s “newspaper noir” movie trio, being followed in 1956 by both While the City Sleeps and Beyond a Reasonable Doubt. The song “Blue Gardenia” was written by Bob Russell and Lester Lee and arranged by Nelson Riddle. The director of cinematography for The Blue Gardenia was RKO regular Nicholas Musuraca, then working at Warner Brothers.
PLOT
A telephone operator ends up drunk, and at the mercy of a cad in his apartment. The next morning she wakes up with a hangover, and the terrible fear she may be a murderess.
Cast
Anne Baxter as Norah Larkin
Richard Conte as Casey Mayo
Ann Sothern as Crystal Carpenter
Raymond Burr as Harry Prebble
Jeff Donnell as Sally Ellis
Richard Erdman as Al
George Reeves as Police Capt. Sam Haynes
Ruth Storey as Rose Miller
Ray Walker as Homer
Nat King Cole as Nat ‘King’ Cole

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