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Who Is the Black Dahlia? (1975)

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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Sgt. Harry Hansen
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Capt. Jack Donahoe
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Bevo Means
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Dr. Wallace Coppin
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Miles Harmonder
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Lee Jones
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Mrs. Fowler
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Susan Winters
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Diane Fowler
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Traveling Salesman
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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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Before he could hunt her killer, he had to learn who "The Black Dahlia" was - hard chick or easy mark...home girl or party girl!


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1 March 1975 (USA)  »

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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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Susan Winters: Look, we're kinda "one for all and all for one" here, you know?
Elizabeth Short: Don't let me change a thing. I probably won't be here very long, anyway.
Susan Winters: I guess none of us is permanent, huh?
Elizabeth Short: [Very darkly] No. Grandmama used to say, "Nothing alive and pretty is ever permanent". Grandmama was right, I guess.
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One of the best TV-movies ever

Literate, well-told, consistently excellent review of the events leading to the disappearance of the Black Dahlia? Marvelous performances, especially by Zimbaliest, Beckman, Mills, and DeHaven. Mystery buffs and crime drama enthusiasts alike should find this one as excellent exercise for the mind.


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