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Who Is the Black Dahlia? (1975)

In Los Angeles in 1947, 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 ... See full summary »

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... Sgt. Harry Hansen
... Sgt. Finis Brown
... Capt. Jack Donahoe
... Elizabeth Short
... Bevo Means
... Dr. Wallace Coppin
... Police Matron (as Gloria De Haven)
... PX Manager
... Miles Harmonder
... Lee Jones
... Mrs. Fowler
... Grandmother
... Susan Winters
... Diane Fowler
... Traveling Salesman
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In Los Angeles in 1947, 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 The Devil's Muse (2007) See more »

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Bisected
26 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

Sober dramatization of the infamous murder case of a delusional young woman in post-WWII Lo Angeles. The so-called Black Dahlia was a girl from Maine who went to L.A. to be reunited with her father only to end up end up a homeless hustler who dreamed of stardom. Her cut-up body was found in a field, and to this day, no one has been convicted of her death. Lucie Arnaz plays the lost soul and Efrem Zimbalist is the detective trying to solve her murder. For what little money the filmmakers had to make this TV movie, they did a fine job. The irony of all this is, if the girl had not been brutally slaughtered, we would have never heard of her. Just another small-town kid with big dreams and not equipped to achieve them. She just floats along from day to day, dressed all in black and convincing others to take care of her. I've known a few like her in my time. We all have.


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