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Who Is the Black Dahlia? (1975)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | History | Mystery  -  1 March 1975 (USA)
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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, ... See full summary »

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Lee Jones
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Susan Winters
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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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Eerie, atmospheric.
23 August 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I too was frightened the first time I saw this TV movie. It tells the story of the short life, and gruesome, unsolved 1947 murder of Elizabeth Short, whose nickname was the Black Dahlia, a type of flower. There is a certain creepiness that pervades this low-key period story, told in flashbacks of Short's brief Los Angeles existence before her slaughter. Efram Zimbalist, Jr., portrays the detective who becomes obsessed with the young, attractive woman's story. The period details feel right, for I am too young to have any first-hand experience of the time, and Lucie Arnaz's performance as the doomed title character adds emotional weight to what could have been an exploitive picture. This is another example of how superior, in general, '70's made-for-television movies were to future endeavors.


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