Starring Lucille Ball, George Sanders, Joseph Calleia, Allan Mowbray, Boris Karloff, Charles Coburn

(7-Very Good Film)

Suspenseful. Intriguing. Tame.

Breezy thriller about a serial murderer luring victims through personal ads in the newspaper. The baffled police department enlists a struggling dancer (Ball) to work for them as bait for the killer. This setup leads her through a string of perilous situations, but the worst comes when she falls for and subsequently suspects a rich revue producer played by GeorgeSanders. Not as dark or sinister as a noir should be, it nevertheless works as a fun detective fantasy. It’s also fun to see that the great Boris Karloff doesn’t need special effects makeup to be terrifying.

-Walter Tyrone Howard-

(652)

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