The Blue Dahlia

The Blue Dahlia

DVD - 2012
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A World War II veteran is accused of killing his unfaithful wife and races against time to find the real murderer with the help of a sympathetic stranger.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment ; Lexington, KY :, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
Branch Call Number: DVD BLUE DAH
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) sound, black and white; 4 3/4 in.
digital,optical,surround sound,Dolby Digital 5.1,rda
laser optical,NTSC
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
Alternative Title: Blue dahlia (Motion picture).


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Aug 27, 2018

Directed by George Marshall in 1946 based on an original screenplay by Raymond Chandler, this American film noir depicts a who-is-the-real-killer case, in which a WWII veteran is accused of killing his unfaithful wife.
The screenplay appears ill-contrived for the sake of complexity.

Apr 19, 2018

1946's "The Blue Dahlia" would be the 3rd (and final) pairing of actors, Alan Ladd & Veronica Lake in a feature film. (This time around Ladd/Lake were clearly a mismatched on-screen couple)

But unlike their 2 previous films together ("This Gun For Hire" & "The Glass Key") - This decidedly mediocre crime/drama just did not measure up to its 2 classic "Noir" predecessors at all.

With its screenplay penned by famed crime-fiction writer, Raymond Chandler - You'd honestly think that "The Blue Dahlia" would have really been charged with super-sizzling excitement.

But, nope - Unfortunately - "The Blue Dahlia" was just a pedestrian-level "whodunnit" that was far too "clean-cut" for its own good.

IMO - This film's overall inadequacy only served to undermine any hope of its story ever building at all into something with a more grittier edge to it..... (*Watch movie-trailer*)

Feb 14, 2015

I rank this film starring Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix and Howard Da Silva in the top 10 or 15 of all the film noirs. Going in, I knew that Raymond Chandler, one of the top crime novelists of all time, was the script writer, but I did not know that he wrote the whole thing just for this film. I should have figured as the bodies start piling up, just as in his book The Big Sleep (also made as a film with Humphrey Bogart). The actual original killer was the second last accused, but the government convinced the producers to change it to be the last accused. This film was released in 1946, when Hollywood only had African-Americans play buffoons or servile characters. See if you can spot the two scenes where African-Americans are in these type roles for about 20 seconds. Howard Da Silva was soon put on the blacklist by the political right wing so he was then limited to working in New York (live theatre) until the blacklist was ended a decade later.

Jan 10, 2015

I have been waiting to see this notorious film noir for years. My library finally obtained a copy, and I was ecstatically awaiting my turn in line.

I think perhaps that in all my anticipation of finally watching this elusive "white elephant", I expected too much of it. It was good... William Bendix and his "crazy monkey music" was funny. Lake and Ladd were excellent together. The ending left something to be desired. I haven't seen the above twosome in "The Glass Key", but I still find their pairing in "This Gun For Hire" my favorite of their films together to date.


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