The Blue Gardenia

The Blue Gardenia ★★½

After a night of drinking, a woman wakes up to find a dead body and herself as the prime suspect. Typical potboiler noir helmed by Fritz Lang looking to make money. This isn't too terribly inspired at all, but at least we're given a really good cast. Anne Baxter and her reptilian eyes make for a good lead, and Richard Conte is always solid in this genre as the sweetheart. And when isn't Ann Sothern a welcome face? She's criminally underused in almost every film in which she plays support, I'd say.

I don't really have too much to say about "The Blue Gardenia." It's shot moodily and has a decent enough story behind it. It's just derivative of all the better noir from the era. It's derivative for Lang even. This has been rightfully overshadowed by "The Big Heat."