When Johnny comes home from the navy he finds his wife Helen kissing her substitute boyfriend Eddie, the owner of the Blue Dahlia nightclub. Helen admits her drunkenness caused their son's death. He pulls a gun on her but decides she's not worth it. Later, Helen is found dead and Johnny is the prime suspect.Written by
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Raymond Chandler insisted on writing the script from home. He relied on alcohol, as it helped him write. He also presented a list of requirements that he would need in order to fulfil his obligation. They included "two Cadillac limousines, to stand day and night outside the house with drivers available," "six secretaries," and "a direct line open at all times to my office by day, to the studio switchboard at night and to my home at all times." See more »
During the scene in the Blue Dahlia manager's office between Leo and Eddie, the moving shadow of the boom mic is visible on the wall above Eddie whilst he is seated in the armchair. See more »
I take all the drinks I like, any time, any place. I go where I want to with anybody I want. I just happen to be that kind of a girl.
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I recently watched The Blue Dahlia for the first time and found it excellent and very gripping.
Johnny Morrison and two of his pals have just come back from serving in the Second World War. Not long after, Morrison's wife is found dead and has been murdered. Morrison is the prime suspect for her murder and starts to go on the run because of this. He meets somebody else in the process and falls in love with her, despite his wife's death. Towards the end, we find out who really murdered Mrs Morrison...
This movie is shot well in black and white and certainly has some gripping moments.
The cast includes the excellent Alan Ladd (Shane), Veronica Lake, William Bendix, Doris Dowling as Mrs Morrison and Hugh Beaumont.
If you are a fan of mysteries or just old movies, The Blue Dahlia is a must. Fantastic.
Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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