The Blue Gardenia

Synopsis: In Los Angeles, on the day of her birthday, the telephone operator Norah Larkin decides to celebrate dining alone at home, with the picture of her beloved fiancé, a soldier overseas, and reading his last letter to her. In the letter he tells her that he met an Army nurse stationed in Japan and plans to marry her. Norah, completely upset, accepts to blind date the Don Juan and photographer of calendar girls Harry Prebble. They go to the Blue Gardenia Club, and Norah drinks six strong cocktails Polynesian Pearl Divers and gets completely drunk. Harry takes her to his apartment and tries to force Norah to have sex, and she uses a poker to hit Harry on the head. On the next morning, she wakes-up in her apartment with her two roommates, but she can not remember what happened. When she reads the newspaper, she finds that Harry is dead and the police has her handkerchief, her high heels and her blue gardenia and is chasing the woman that killed the famous wolf Harry. When she reads in the new
Director(s): Fritz Lang
Production: Warner Bros.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min



Pick me up here at one o'clock.

Pick you up here at one o'clock.



Age? Middle um... twenties.


My phone number is Granite 1466.

I'll check with my numerologist

before I call.

What is it about you newspaper men?

I've been trying to get her

phone number for a week.

You didn't even have to ask for it.

It's all yours:
Granite 1466.

You're not gonna put it in

your column, are you?

I'd be swamped with calls.

- What's wrong with that?

Yeah, what is wrong with that.

It's the lunch break Mr Mayo, would

you like to see the switchboard?

Sure. Thanks, Miss Carpenter.

See you in the papers.

- Thank you. -See you, Crystal.

All the long distance calls for the downtown

Los Angeles area come through this room.

Oh oh! My roommates.

Art class is over. -Oh, be a good girl

and give me another minute, will you?

Where have I heard that before?

Sorry, no posing overtime.

Try me some night.

With pleasure.

That's not what I meant.

Crystal, it looks just like you.

- Oh, is that good?

Like to see some more of my work?

Your wasting your time, Rembrandt.

She's got a boyfriend in Korea.

Long way off, Korea.

- Yes, a long way off.

But he wouldn't want you to

get too lonely, would he?

He wouldn't want you to

get too friendly either.



All finished with Granite 1466?

Or, do you still get a busy signal?

Mr Prebble, a call for you in

the office. A girl. -Thanks.

I've got more numbers than

the phone company.

How's the wolf been doing with

all the... little red riding hoods?

Great. If you ask him.

I've told you not to call me here.

I was busy last night.


I don't believe you, Harry. You haven't

worked three nights in a row in your life.

I've got to see you and talk to you!

Rose, I'm tied up now.

Call me later at home.

How can I? You changed your number

and I can't get it from the operator.

You have to help me, Harry!

I just can't talk now.

Take it easy. I'll be seeing you.

Like it? Isn't it wonderful?

I'm glad you got black.

It'll look good on any of us.

You don't mind if I wear

it first for one night.

Aren't you ever gonna open that letter?

Right after the champagne.

Champagne? You bought

champagne for yourself?

No, not for myself.

You don't understand, Sally.

I know, it's your birthday,

and that's fine.

Every girl oughta have birthdays.

Up to a certain point.

- The flowers!

Oh, will you tell Crystal

to clean up the bathroom

and I'll take her turn ironing tomorrow.

- It'll wind up like it always does!

With me doing everything.

I'm so sorry. Did I hurt you?

I think my sacroiliac

shifted two points south.

Oh, Crystal!

Which may be an improvement.

I'll get it.

My cigarette. Just a minute, I'm coming!


If that's for me I'm in,

no matter who it is.

It's for you.

A man!


Yes, this is Sally Ellis.

Tonight? Oh, of course!

Oh, you don't know how I've waited

for this. I'll be right over! Bye!


That's no way to talk to a man.

And it was a man.

It was the rental library

down at the drugstore.

They just got in the new

Mickey Mallet mystery!

It's all about a beautiful

red-haired debutante

who gets in the head, stabbed in the

back, shot in the stomach... Pow!

Pretty badly hurt, she

staggers down the stairs

How do you know all that,

you haven't even read it yet?

That's what they're all about.

Lucky girl. Living a life of

passion and violence.

Now me, I've got my life with Homer.

Drive-in dinner, drive-in movie,

and afterwards we go for a drive.

It's still better than a

dime-store novel, Crystal.

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