Murder -- United States -- Drama, Telephone operators -- United States -- Drama

The Blue Gardenia

Based on “The Gardenia” by Vera Caspary


Anne Baxter, Richard Conte, Ann Sothern, Raymond Burr,

Vera Caspary’s 1952 story survives mainly in this film’s working-girl heart: switchboard operator flatmates Anne Baxter, Ann Sothern, and Jeff Donnell—only Judy Holliday is missing—wisecrack their way into genuine affection and, importantly, mutual protection. Predatory sketch artist Raymond Burr, cynical newspaperman Richard Conte, even director Fritz Lang might have asked themselves what they were doing in a women’s picture if there wasn’t a murder involved. But there is. The film takes its name from a nightclub where the signature drink is a “Polynesian pearl diver” and Nat "King" Cole plays piano in rainy film noir L.A.

Judy Bloch
  • Charles Hoffman
Based On
  • the story “The Gardenia” by Vera Caspary

  • Nicholas Musuraca
  • English
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 16mm
  • 90 mins
  • Classic Films (Spain)

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The blue gardenia (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England), 2000

Fritz Lang, the image and look -- book excerpt (book excerpt), British Film Institute, Stephen Jenkins, 1981

The blue gardenia (review), Variety, Brog., 1953

The films of Fritz Lang (program note), Pacific Film Archive

The art of Fritz Lang (program note), Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The blue gardenia (program note), Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The blue gardenia (program note), Lotte H. Eisner

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