The Blue Gardenia Overview:

The Blue Gardenia (1953) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Fritz Lang and produced by Alex Gottlieb.


Trying to mend a broken heart, telephone operator Norah Larkin (Baxter) agrees to a date with the office stud, Harry Prebble (Burr). At his apartment later that night, Harry plies her with a drink, but Norah resists his aggressive advances, fending him off with a fireplace poker. The next morning, Harry is dead and Norah can't remember what happened. As the police investigate, newspaperwoman Casey Mayo takes an interest in the case. Locating Norah through appeals to her in his column, he convinces her she is a murderess. But that's before the final twist in Lang's film noir mystery.

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The Blue Gardenia chooses to establish its characters and allow ample time for the audience to get acquainted with all the players. It’s genuinely a pleasure as we have a number of affable people to grow accustomed to over the course of the story. There’s local journalist Casey Mayo (Ric... Read full article

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Casey Mayo: [on the phone] If you want your picture on the paper, you'll have to go out and kill somebody first.

Casey Mayo: How about you slip into something more comfortable, like a few drinks and some chinese food.

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Sally enjoys reading bloody thrillers written by Mickey Mallet - a spoof on Mickey Spillane, whose novels featuring Mike Hammer are just as gruesome as those Sally describes.
While the record album of the "Tristan and Isolde" music is never shown close enough to the camera for the movie audience to see it, it either is, or has been created to resemble, a typical 78-RPM album set of the 1940's of an RCA Victor recording featuring Arturo Toscanini conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra. The cover art greatly resembles that of a 78-RPM album pressing featuring Toscanini conducting that orchestra. Toscanini was considered the greatest conductor of that era.
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