The Blue Gardenia

The Blue Gardenia ★★½

Middling Fritz Lang noir elevated by Anne Baxter as an all too rare female noir protagonist. She does the best with what she is given conveying the paranoia and entrapment she feels. She is the reason to watch this. But this lacks the viciousness of The Big Heat and has weaker psychology than Lang's Scarlett Street or Fury. Raymond Burr is fine in his obligatory sleazy role that is all too brief, one he's played many times, but I still watch him. The culprit of the crime is telegraphed pretty early and is obvious if you are paying attention. That may have been intentional but it took away from the mystery a bit. It didn't feel well positioned or played.

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