Lured (1947)

102 or 106 mins | Mystery | 1947

Director:

Douglas Sirk

Writer:

Leo Rosten

Producer:

James Nasser

Cinematographer:

William Daniels

Editor:

John M. Foley

Production Company:

Oakmont Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Personal Column . Although SAB lists Jacques Companeez, Ernest Neuville and Simon Gantillon as authors of a novel entitled Pièges , no publication information has been found. The 1939 French film Pièges , made by Speva Films, was directed by Robert Siodmak and starred Marie Déa and Madeleine Geoffroy. In addition to their work on Pièges , Companeez, Neuville and Gantillon collaborated on many other French films. Lured was the first production of Oakmont Pictures, a company formed in Nov 1945 by distributor James Nasser and producer Henry Kesler. The original name of the company was Crystal Pictures, Inc.
       According to a Dec 1945 LAT news item, Nasser and Kesler initially hired Norman Reilly Raine to write the screenplay, but his contribution to the completed film has not been confirmed. The DV review credits writer Leo Rosten with both screenplay and story treatment, but no other source lists him that way. Although Boris Karloff is billed fourth in the credits, he only appears in one scene. According to a mid-Dec HR news item, Lucille Ball "collapsed on the set" of the film, shutting down production for three days. HR news items add the following actors to the cast: David Cavendish, Stuart Hall, Wyndham Standing, Gordon Constable, Cyril Delevanti, Konstantin Shayne and Eddie Parks. Their appearance in the final film has not been ... More Less

The working title of this film was Personal Column . Although SAB lists Jacques Companeez, Ernest Neuville and Simon Gantillon as authors of a novel entitled Pièges , no publication information has been found. The 1939 French film Pièges , made by Speva Films, was directed by Robert Siodmak and starred Marie Déa and Madeleine Geoffroy. In addition to their work on Pièges , Companeez, Neuville and Gantillon collaborated on many other French films. Lured was the first production of Oakmont Pictures, a company formed in Nov 1945 by distributor James Nasser and producer Henry Kesler. The original name of the company was Crystal Pictures, Inc.
       According to a Dec 1945 LAT news item, Nasser and Kesler initially hired Norman Reilly Raine to write the screenplay, but his contribution to the completed film has not been confirmed. The DV review credits writer Leo Rosten with both screenplay and story treatment, but no other source lists him that way. Although Boris Karloff is billed fourth in the credits, he only appears in one scene. According to a mid-Dec HR news item, Lucille Ball "collapsed on the set" of the film, shutting down production for three days. HR news items add the following actors to the cast: David Cavendish, Stuart Hall, Wyndham Standing, Gordon Constable, Cyril Delevanti, Konstantin Shayne and Eddie Parks. Their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
20 Nov 1945.
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Daily Variety
15 Jul 1947.
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Film Daily
18 Jul 47
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Oct 46
p. 23.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Nov 46
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Nov 46
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Nov 46
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Dec 46
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Dec 46
p. 30.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Jan 47
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Jul 47
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
10 Dec 1945.
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Los Angeles Times
15 Oct 1947.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
19 Jul 1947.
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New York Times
29 Aug 47
p. 14.
Variety
16 Jul 47
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Hunt Stromberg Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des and art dir
Asst art dir
FILM EDITORS
Supv film ed
Film ed
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus supv
MAKEUP
Hairstylist
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the screenplay Pièges by Jacques Companeez, Ernest Neuville and Simon Gantillon (France, 1939).
MUSIC
Selections from Symphony no. 8 in B minor ("Unfinished Symphony") by Franz Schubert.
SONGS
"All for Love," composer undetermined.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Personal Column
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 28 August 1947
Los Angeles opening: 14 October 1947
Production Date:
late October--mid December 1946
retakes began late January 1947 at General Service Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Oakmont Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
5 September 1947
Copyright Number:
LP1292
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
102 or 106
Length(in feet):
9,228
Country:
United States
PCA No:
12247
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In London, Scotland Yard investigators receive the latest in a series of cryptic poems authored by an elusive killer and conclude that his seventh victim will be a dancer. Inspector Harley Temple of the Criminal Investigation Department orders a typewriter and fingerprint analysis of the poem, but the identity of the "Poet Killer," as he has been named, eludes investigators. While the police investigation continues, English dance hall hostess Lucy Barnard and American dancer Sandra Carpenter are offered auditions by producers Robert Fleming and Julian Wilde for their new stage show. Though Sandra accepts the offer, Lucy refuses and explains that she is quitting the dance hall circuit to travel with a handsome man she met through a personal advertisement. When Lucy disappears a short time later, Temple believes that she has fallen victim to the killer. After locating Sandra, the last known person to have seen Lucy, Temple hires her to act as a decoy to trap the killer. As part of her assignment, Sandra sets out to answer all the personal advertisements in the newspaper in which pretty women are sought. After an introduction to an assortment of strange men, including an eccentric artist who at first appears menancing but turns out to be harmless, Sandra answers an advertisement that leads to a job as a parlor maid for aristocrat Lyle Maxwell. Meanwhile, Fleming, an irrepressible playboy, orders his assistants to find Sandra, whom he has not met, but whose beautiful telephone voice has enchanted him. Robert meets Sandra by coincidence one evening when they both attend the same concert. The two fall instantly in love and become engaged, but soon after moving into ... +


In London, Scotland Yard investigators receive the latest in a series of cryptic poems authored by an elusive killer and conclude that his seventh victim will be a dancer. Inspector Harley Temple of the Criminal Investigation Department orders a typewriter and fingerprint analysis of the poem, but the identity of the "Poet Killer," as he has been named, eludes investigators. While the police investigation continues, English dance hall hostess Lucy Barnard and American dancer Sandra Carpenter are offered auditions by producers Robert Fleming and Julian Wilde for their new stage show. Though Sandra accepts the offer, Lucy refuses and explains that she is quitting the dance hall circuit to travel with a handsome man she met through a personal advertisement. When Lucy disappears a short time later, Temple believes that she has fallen victim to the killer. After locating Sandra, the last known person to have seen Lucy, Temple hires her to act as a decoy to trap the killer. As part of her assignment, Sandra sets out to answer all the personal advertisements in the newspaper in which pretty women are sought. After an introduction to an assortment of strange men, including an eccentric artist who at first appears menancing but turns out to be harmless, Sandra answers an advertisement that leads to a job as a parlor maid for aristocrat Lyle Maxwell. Meanwhile, Fleming, an irrepressible playboy, orders his assistants to find Sandra, whom he has not met, but whose beautiful telephone voice has enchanted him. Robert meets Sandra by coincidence one evening when they both attend the same concert. The two fall instantly in love and become engaged, but soon after moving into Robert's home, Sandra finds evidence indicating that Robert knew Lucy. Temple, meanwhile, has discovered a passage in the latest poem he received from the killer that suggests that Robert is the culprit and that Sandra is his next intended victim. Robert is arrested, and although he is innocent, he refuses to defend himself at his trial because he feels that Sandra has betrayed him. Temple later suspects that Robert is being framed by someone else and, with Sandra's help, proves that Wilde, Robert's housemate, is the real killer. Wilde's guilt is revealed in time to save Robert from execution, and Robert resumes his romance with Sandra. +

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