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Lee Jones
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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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Arc lights reflected in door as Beth leaves bus station. See more »

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Sgt. Harry Hansen: [standing over the mutilated corpse] Lady - what the hell could you do to make ANYBODY that mad?
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Version of True Confessions (1981) See more »

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terrified me when I first saw it on t.v. in 1975
2 March 1999 | by (Roseburg, OR) – See all my reviews

This made for t.v. movie terrified me when I saw it in 1975. One of the people with whom I was living at the time said, "Watch this and tell me how it turns out," then left to go out.

By the end, in which the Sgt. Harry Hansen character looks at the camera and speculates about the murderer (I won't say any more than that), I was so scared that I ran around the whole house and turned on the lights and didn't go to bed until my housemates returned at 2:00 a.m.

The plot develops well, in a series of flashbacks. The characters are sympathetic. The period atmosphere seems/seemed right. And most of all, unusual for the time before "docudramas," this film was based on a real case.

I am not the world's largest Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. fan (though I did enjoy 77 Sunset Strip as a child), but his work here is very good.

Enjoy .


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