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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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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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VERY GOOD RENDITION OF A FAMOUS TRUE MURDER CASE
24 April 2004 | by (Huxley,Iowa) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie recently, and I had forgotten how good it is.This is a movie about a very famous 1947 murder case set in Los Angeles.I have seen True Confessions that starred Robert Deniro that was loosely based on this case, and I did not think it was that great.I have not seen the film The Medford Girl yet, that was based on this murder case.The cast was very very good. Lucie Arnaz who portrayed the young woman Elizabeth Short, was riveting. Efrem Zimbalist Jr. played the lead detective. His portrayal was excellent. Remember him from the Quinn Martin television series The Fbi? Ronny Cox played his partner, and he was good too. I especially appreciated the narrative that Efrem Zimbalist Jr. did through the movie, talking as the detective.It made the movie more effective.The music was good too. I love the horn being played. It takes you back to the time of big band music for the time period.All in all this is an excellent movie! I highly recommend this to anyone. by the way, this was most tastefully done, so even a teenager can watch this.


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