The Blue Gardenia is a 1953 film noir directed by Creator/FritzLang. Norah, a young working woman played by Anne Baxter, gets a breakup letter from her soldier boyfriend and goes out for a night on the town. After a number of strong drinks, she goes home with a womanizing lech, Harry Prebble, and wakes up in his apartment with his dead body. Guilt-ridden hijinks ensue as Casey Mayo, local reporter, tries to track down woman responsible for this sensational crime.
!!!The film contains examples of:
* AssholeVictim: Prebble gets Norah drunk, then takes her back to his apartment and basically tries to rape her. He's hard to feel bad for.
* DearJohnLetter: Norah's tailspin starts when she gets a letter from her fiance fighting in Korea, stating that he's fallen in love with an Army nurse.
* EurekaMoment: Mayo has one while sitting in the airport [[spoiler:after Norah's arrest, when he hears the song that was playing when the police found the body, which was not the one Norah said she killed him to.]]
* FalseConfession: Mayo gets heaps of phone calls from women claiming to be the Blue Gardenia, but none of them have the right information about the case.
* SympatheticMurderer: It's really more like self-defense, so there's lots of sympathy to be had for Norah. [[spoiler:The actual killer is almost as sympathetic--Prebble claimed he would marry her, and then went back on his word.]]
* ThereAreNoPolice: Actually, there are police, but Casey Mayo gets more done with the power of reporting.
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: PlayedForDrama with Norah being too blackout drunk to know for sure whether she killed Harry Prebble.