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Dramatization of an actual homicide investigation. In 1947 Los Angeles, a police detective tries to solve the shocking and grisly murder of 22-year-old aspiring actress Elizabeth Short, whose nude body was dumped in a lot after being bisected with surgical precision. The detective interviews people who knew Short, who was called "The Black Dahlia" because of the black outfits she wore. Written by <genekim@concentric.net>

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Lucie Arnaz accepted the role of Elizabeth Short over the strong objections of her mother Lucille Ball. See more »

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Sgt. Harry Hansen: [Voiceover as the last few hours Elizabeth Short was seen alive are reenacted] January 9th, 1947. Victim's following movements noted: Mayfair Hotel doorman said, identified subject came out of the hotel immediately. Walked away carrying black suitcase. Time: 4pm. Witness reports girl answering Elizabeth Short's description entered bus station; deposited black suitcase in locker, and left; time: 4:30pm. Subject returns to hotel at 5pm. Seen over next several hours, waiting. Waiting. Waiting for ...
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26 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sober dramatization of the infamous murder case of a delusional young woman in post-WWII Lo Angeles. The so-called Black Dahlia was a girl from Maine who went to L.A. to be reunited with her father only to end up end up a homeless hustler who dreamed of stardom. Her cut-up body was found in a field, and to this day, no one has been convicted of her death. Lucie Arnaz plays the lost soul and Efrem Zimbalist is the detective trying to solve her murder. For what little money the filmmakers had to make this TV movie, they did a fine job. The irony of all this is, if the girl had not been brutally slaughtered, we would have never heard of her. Just another small-town kid with big dreams and not equipped to achieve them. She just floats along from day to day, dressed all in black and convincing others to take care of her. I've known a few like her in my time. We all have.


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