Cinema: The New Pictures, Mar. 23, 1953

The Blue Gardenia (Warner) cooks up a better-than-average whodunit out of some rather commonplace movie ingredients: a dead artist (Raymond Burr), a beautiful murder suspect (Anne Baxter), and a dynamic newspaper columnist (Richard Conte) who solves the crime.

The somewhat wilted plot manages to take on an unaccustomed bloom in Fritz Lang's direction and the acting of an adept cast. Director Lang tells his story mostly with the camera, and gives the picture a brisk pace that helps conceal its slack spots. Anne Baxter makes a thoroughly attractive murder suspect, and Richard Conte as the newsman is such a demon columnist that...

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