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Release Date:
1 June 1946 (UK) See more »
Tamed by a brunette - framed by a blonde - blamed by the cops! See more »
An ex-bomber pilot is suspected of murdering his unfaithful wife. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alan Ladd ... Johnny Morrison - Lt.Cmdr., ret.

Veronica Lake ... Joyce Harwood

William Bendix ... Buzz Wanchek

Howard Da Silva ... Eddie Harwood

Doris Dowling ... Helen Morrison

Tom Powers ... Capt. Hendrickson

Hugh Beaumont ... George Copeland

Howard Freeman ... Corelli

Don Costello ... Leo

Will Wright ... 'Dad' Newell

Frank Faylen ... Man Recommending a Motel

Walter Sande ... Heath
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bea Allen ... News Clerk (uncredited)

Harry Barris ... Bellhop (uncredited)
George Barton ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Nina Borget ... Mexican Waitress (uncredited)

Mae Busch ... Jenny - Maid (uncredited)

George M. Carleton ... Clerk at DeAnza Hotel (uncredited)
Douglas Carter ... Bus Driver (uncredited)

Anthony Caruso ... Marine Corporal Playing Jukebox (uncredited)
Carmen Clifford ... Carmen - Party Guest (uncredited)

Jack Rube Clifford ... Plainclothes Cop (uncredited)
Tom Dillon ... Cop in Prowl Car (uncredited)
Jimmie Dundee ... Driver of Gangster Car (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Clark Eggleston ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Brooke Evans ... Guest at Cocktail Party (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Guest at Cocktail Party (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Paul Gustine ... Doorman (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... Soldier Picking Up Suitcase in Bus Station (uncredited)
Harry Hayden ... Mr. Hughes - Assistant Hotel Manager (uncredited)

Charles Anthony Hughes ... Det. Lt. Lloyd (uncredited)
Jerry James ... Guest at Cocktail Party (uncredited)
Stan Johnson ... Naval Officer (uncredited)
Roberta Jonay ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Lucy Knoch ... Guest at Cocktail Party (uncredited)

Audrey Korn ... Guest at Cocktail Party (uncredited)
Perc Launders ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)

Arthur Loft ... The 'Wolf' at Bar (uncredited)
Leon Lombardo ... Mexican Bellhop (uncredited)

Vera Marshe ... Friendly Blonde at Party (uncredited)
Charles Mayon ... Charlie - Party Guest (uncredited)
Matt McHugh ... Bartender at Gus's (uncredited)
William Meader ... Guest at Cocktail Party (uncredited)

James Millican ... Photographer (uncredited)
Mavis Murray ... Hatcheck Girl (uncredited)

Noel Neill ... Nolie - Hatcheck Girl (uncredited)
William J. O'Brien ... Man at Cavendish Apts. (uncredited)
Franklin Parker ... Police Stenographer (uncredited)
Ed Randolph ... Cop in George's Apartment (uncredited)
Ricky Ricardi ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Albert Ruiz ... Photographer (uncredited)
George Sorel ... Paul - Captain of Waiters (uncredited)
Beverly Thompson ... Beverly - Party Guest (uncredited)

Harry Tyler ... Clerk in Bus Station (uncredited)
Henry Vroom ... Master Sergeant (uncredited)
Audrey Westphal ... Guest at Cocktail Party (uncredited)
Gloria Williams ... Assistant Maid (uncredited)
Dick Winslow ... Dick - Piano Player at Party (uncredited)
Lawrence Young ... Clerk (uncredited)

Directed by
George Marshall 
Writing credits
Raymond Chandler (written by)

Produced by
John Houseman .... producer
George Marshall .... associate producer (as A George Marshall Production)
Original Music by
Victor Young (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Lionel Lindon (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Arthur P. Schmidt  (as Arthur Schmidt)
Casting by
Robert Mayo (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
Walter H. Tyler  (as Walter Tyler)
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
James M. Walters Sr.  (as Jimmy Walters)
Costume Design by
Edith Head (costumes)
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Glen Alden .... assistant: makeup supervisor (uncredited)
Faye Chaney .... body makeup artist (uncredited)
Louise Mundy .... makeup secretary (uncredited)
Web Overlander .... makeup assistant (uncredited)
Gertrude Reade .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Leonora Sabine .... hair supervisor (uncredited)
Production Management
Roy Burns .... unit manager (uncredited)
Andrew J. Durkus .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Tex Harris .... second assistant director (uncredited)
James A. Rosenberger .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Carl Coleman .... props (uncredited)
Patrick Delany .... props (uncredited)
Ross Dowd .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gene Merritt .... sound recording
Joel Moss .... sound recording
Paul Franz .... stage engineer (uncredited)
Jim Miller .... recordist (uncredited)
John Smirch .... mike grip (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Barney Wolff .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Jimmie Dundee .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Neal Beckner .... second camera (uncredited)
James Hawley .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jack Koffman .... still man (uncredited)
Bob Rogers .... electrician (uncredited)
Darrell Turnmire .... company grip (uncredited)
Stanley Williams .... gaffer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John A. Anderson .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Florence Lyons .... wardrobe: ladies (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Stan Johnson .... assistant cutter (uncredited)
Music Department
Victor Young .... music director
Robert Emmett Dolan .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Harry Simeone .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Pearl Alexander .... secretary to director (uncredited)
LaPrele Hall .... script clerk (uncredited)
Pauline Senner .... secretary to producer (uncredited)
George Thomas Jr. .... publicist (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Finland:(Banned) (1947-1953) | Norway:16 (1947) | Portugal:M/12 | Spain:13 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2007) | USA:Passed (Classified and Passed by) (The National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (MPPDA rating: certificate #10874) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

This was Raymond Chandler's first complete and original screenplay.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: After arriving home and being introduced to his wife's friends, Johnny punches his wife's beau in the mouth, then storms into a bedroom where we hear a door slam, but then see the actual door close softly.See more »
Eddie Harwood:Am I under suspicion?
Captain Hendrickson:I don't know. How do you feel about it?
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Electra Glide in Blue (1973)See more »
The Blue DahliaSee more »


Why is this the Blue Dahlia not out yet in Region 1 Format?
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21 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
The black Dahlia, 3 July 2004
Author: cyril aubaud ( from Le Carbet, Martinique FWI

Johnny Morrison (Alan Ladd) and his two friends (including a good and funny William Bendix) are coming back in town after serving in the navy during WWII. While his two friends find a place for themselves, Johnny returns to his home to see his wife and his son he hasn't seen for years. There, his wife is having a party with a dozen of friends in which her lover, Eddie Harwood, is also invited. After an argument, during which Johnny threatens his wife with his gun (after learning that she is unfaithful, alcoholic and that their son is dead by her fault), he leaves the place and his gun, judging that she is not worth a killing, to find a hotel for the night. That same rainy night, she is killed with Johnny's gun. For the Police, he becomes the first suspect of this crime.

I've heard a lot about this movie (a classic of film noir with the legendary couple Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake) without being able to see it for years. I just saw this movie tonight at the Oak Street Cinema in Minneapolis. Overall the movie is good thanks to a good plot (the scenario is signed Raymond Chandler, not quiet a coincidence). At first, I found the acting very poor and dated. Especially during the argument between Alan Ladd and his wife (played Doris Dowling). This was quiet a surprise for me because I met this actress in Othello (in which she has a small part) directed by Orson Welles, a director who generally hires only good actors. But as soon as you get into the story, the acting and the dialogues get better and you really want to know the name of the murderer (really I could not guess it!). After the plot, the scenes between Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake are what make the movie worth to remember. Frustrating enough for the most romantic of us, you won't see them kiss each other during this movie, even at the end (this was probably not allowed on screen at the time when the movie was made). It is also hard to tell if the Dahlias in the movie were actually blue since it was filmed in black and white. Finally, yes, Veronica Lake is very beautiful.

This is good entertainment, I recommend it with a 7/10.

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