The Blue Gardenia (1953)
Director: Fritz Lang
Screenplay: Charles Hoffman
Stars: Anne Baxter, Richard Conte, Ann Sothern, Raymond Burr, George Reeves and Nat “King” Cole
The Pitch: “Hey, let’s make a murder mystery with Anne Baxter!”
Tagline: There was nothing lily-white about her!
The Overview: Beware of Spoilers…
Norah Larkin (Baxter) is on the rebound having just learned (on her birthday of all days!) that her fiance is leaving her for another woman. When a man she has just met offers to take her to dinner, she accepts. The man proceeds to get her drunk at his apartment and attempta to take advantage of her. When he continues despite her wanting to leave, she hits him with a poker and passes out. She awakens to find him dead on the floor. She quickly leaves believing she’s killed him.
Soon she is the subject of a police hunt… but what she really the murderess?