Lured (1947)

35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono (Western Electric Recording), English

An American borderline horror film directed by Douglas Sirk.

Plot Summary

A serial killer is stalking the streets of London, murdering victims he meets through the personal columns of newspapers. He taunts the police by announcing each of his murders in the form of a cryptic poem and the cops are forced to use a young American woman as a lure to flush out the killer.


Directed by: Douglas Sirk
Copyright MCMXLVII [1947] Crystal Pictures, Inc.
Executive Producer: Hunt Stromberg
Hunt Stromberg presents. A United Artists release. A Hunt Stromberg production
Produced by: James Nasser
Associate Producer: Henry Kesler
Screenplay by: Leo Rosten
From a Story by: Jacques Companeez, Ernest Neuville, Simon Gantillon
Director of Photography: William Daniels
Supervising Film Editor: James E. Newcom
Film Editor: John M. Foley
Music by: Michel Michelet
Sound: John Carter, Joe Kane
Gowns by: Elois Jenssen
Makeup: Don Cash
Hair Stylist: Josephine Sweeney
Production Design and Art Direction: Nicolai Remisoff

George Sanders (Robert Fleming)
Lucille Ball (Sandra Carpenter)
Charles Coburn (Inspector Harley Temple)
Boris Karloff (Charles Van Druten, artist)
Sir Cedric Hardwicke (Julian Wilde)
Joseph Calleia (Dr Nicholas Mordyant)
Alan Mowbray (Maxwell Lyle)
George Zucco (H.R. Barrett)
Robert Coote (policeman)
Alan Napier (Gordon)
Tanis Chandler (Lucy Barnard)

Alternative Titles

Acechada – Argentine, Uruguayan title
Angelockt – Austrian, West German title
El asesino poeta – Spanish title
Emboscada – Brazilian title
Des filles disparaissent – French title
Galazia matia – Greek title
Lockfågeln – Swedish title
Namamljene – Croatian Yugoslavian title
Nimetön uhkaus – Finnish title
Oito Desaparecidas – Portuguese title
Personal Column – UK title
Poesia en el crimen – Mexican title
Lo sparviero di Londra – Italian title
Unge piger forsvinder i London – Danish title
Соблазненный – Russian title


Kine Weekly no.2113 (30 October 1947) – credits, review
Kine Weekly no.2493 (7 April 1955) p.17 – credits, review
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.14 no.167 (November 1947) p.158 – credits, review
Motion Picture Herald vol.168 no.3 (19 July 1947) – credits, review
Today's Cinema vol.69 no.5563 (28 October 1947) – credits, review
Today's Cinema vol.84 no.7239 (4 April 1955) p.7 – credits, review

Boris Karloff: A Critical Account of His Screen, Stage, Radio, Television, and Recording Work by Scott Allen Nollen pp.279; 387-388 – illustrated review; credits