The Blue Dahlia

The Blue Dahlia

DVD - 2012 | Fullscreen edition.
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A World War II veteran is accused of killing his unfaithful wife and races against time to find the real murderer with the help of a sympathetic stranger.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment ; Lexington, KY : Amazon.com, [2012]
Edition: Fullscreen edition.
Copyright Date: ©2012
Branch Call Number: DVD BLU
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) :,sound, black and white ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, surround sound, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
laser optical, NTSC
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda

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Dave99_0
Nov 28, 2018

The original screenplay was written by Raymond Chandler, the author of the hardboiled Philip Marlowe novels. Consequently, this film's plot is convoluted. However, this 1946 film is stylish and has a lot of misfortune which the characters appear unable to escape. Strictly speaking, this is not a film noir because there is a happy ending. Perhaps, this film is best categorized as a neo-noir. I would rate "The Blue Dahlia" at 4.0 stars.

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jimg2000
Nov 19, 2018

1946 B&W whodunnit mystery without captions or subtitles ... but hey, still a very good watch with Chandler's noir dialogue from a few generations back. Man-O-man, Doris Dowling at 23 years old (May 15, 1923 – June 18, 2004) played the promiscuous Helen Morrison in that dress ... jaw dropping stunning.

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akirakato
Aug 27, 2018

Directed by George Marshall in 1946 based on an original screenplay by Raymond Chandler, this American film noir depicts a who-is-the-real-killer case, in which a WWII veteran is accused of killing his unfaithful wife.
The screenplay appears ill-contrived for the sake of complexity.

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ManMachine
Apr 19, 2018

1946's "The Blue Dahlia" would be the 3rd (and final) pairing of actors, Alan Ladd & Veronica Lake in a feature film. (This time around Ladd/Lake were clearly a mismatched on-screen couple)

But unlike their 2 previous films together ("This Gun For Hire" & "The Glass Key") - This decidedly mediocre crime/drama just did not measure up to its 2 classic "Noir" predecessors at all.

With its screenplay penned by famed crime-fiction writer, Raymond Chandler - You'd honestly think that "The Blue Dahlia" would have really been charged with super-sizzling excitement.

But, nope - Unfortunately - "The Blue Dahlia" was just a pedestrian-level "whodunnit" that was far too "clean-cut" for its own good.

IMO - This film's overall inadequacy only served to undermine any hope of its story ever building at all into something with a more grittier edge to it..... (*Watch movie-trailer*)

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voisjoe1_0
Feb 14, 2015

I rank this film starring Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix and Howard Da Silva in the top 10 or 15 of all the film noirs. Going in, I knew that Raymond Chandler, one of the top crime novelists of all time, was the script writer, but I did not know that he wrote the whole thing just for this film. I should have figured as the bodies start piling up, just as in his book The Big Sleep (also made as a film with Humphrey Bogart). The actual original killer was the second last accused, but the government convinced the producers to change it to be the last accused. This film was released in 1946, when Hollywood only had African-Americans play buffoons or servile characters. See if you can spot the two scenes where African-Americans are in these type roles for about 20 seconds. Howard Da Silva was soon put on the blacklist by the political right wing so he was then limited to working in New York (live theatre) until the blacklist was ended a decade later.

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Monolith
Jan 10, 2015

I have been waiting to see this notorious film noir for years. My library finally obtained a copy, and I was ecstatically awaiting my turn in line.

I think perhaps that in all my anticipation of finally watching this elusive "white elephant", I expected too much of it. It was good... William Bendix and his "crazy monkey music" was funny. Lake and Ladd were excellent together. The ending left something to be desired. I haven't seen the above twosome in "The Glass Key", but I still find their pairing in "This Gun For Hire" my favorite of their films together to date.

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jimg2000
Nov 19, 2018

*** Spoiler Alert ***

I said every guy had seen you before. Somewhere.
- I remember.
But the trick was to find you.
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It's funny, but practically all the people I know were strangers when I met them.
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He's the kind of guy who wouldn't care much what he did.
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Are you angry at me for trying to help you, Jimmy?
-Maybe you'd better call me by my right name. None of this would make any sense if you didn't know it.
All right, Johnny. Johnny's quite a nice name, too. But Jimmy didn't have the police after him.
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And the man who killed her isn't gonna get away with it. He just thinks he is.
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Suppose you keep your secrets, and I'll keep mine, huh?
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You're the house peeper, ain't you?
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I think I better breeze.
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Helen. Let's try just once more.
-I'd love to. I'm a girl that tries and tries.
Well, suppose we begin by your not drinking anymore, huh?
-Suppose we begin by you minding your own business?
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George and me, we'll bring him back if we have to frogmarch him.

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jimg2000
Nov 19, 2018

I just happen to be dumb enough to want to get the right fall guy.
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Who says I killed her? You can't hand me that stuff. Not even you. I wouldn't dirty my hands on her.
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What makes you so top-heavy all of a sudden?
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I was kind of busy keeping the rain off my neck. I ain't the wristwatch type, you know.
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Cheap, huh? Sure, a cigar and a drink and a couple of dirty bucks. That's all it cost to buy me. That's what she thought. Found out a little different, didn't she? Maybe I could get tired of being pushed around by cops and hotel managers and ritzy dames in bungalows. Maybe I could cost a little something, just for once.
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Don't you read the papers?
-I don't have to believe everything I see in them.
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Hey, wait a minute. You boys think I killed her.
-Well, it doesn't make any difference what we think. Legally, you...
Legally?
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Johnny, you don't think I did it, do you, Johnny?
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- We got to wait for Johnny?
What do you think I am? A camel?

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jimg2000
Nov 19, 2018

Pick up many people like this at night?
-Not many. Only one or two at a time.
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It all blows up in your face sometimes, doesn't it?
-What does?
Whatever you're doing. Wherever you're going.
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And if I knew how, this is where I'd say thanks for everything.
-I didn't do it for thanks.
I know that.
-Well, don't you even say good night?
It's good-bye. And it's tough to say good-bye.
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And there's nothing to fix up. And if there was, I wouldn't want to fix it up anyway.
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We're not pinched. Relax.
-What's the difference?
They brought us here and we're here.
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If you think we're gonna help you tie a murder to a guy who's flown us through 112
missions, you're off your nut!
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You call this dump a hotel?
-That's what the sign said. Clean sheets every day, they tell me.
How often do they change the fleas?
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How much do they pay you over there?
- Twenty-eight a week and found.
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I know I've got lots of faults, but being in love with you isn't one of them, is it?

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jimg2000
Nov 19, 2018

One bar's just like another.
- So long as they got bourbon.
Or a reasonable facsimile.
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You two guys want to fight so bad, why don't you get into a uniform?
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- What did you say, honey?
Nothing to you.
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That's swell.
- No, it ain't swell.
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When a man gets too complicated, he's unhappy. And when he's unhappy, his luck runs out.
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I told you she was poison.
-They're all poison sooner or later. Almost all, anyway.
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All I have to do is pick up that telephone, you go out of here in handcuffs.
-Why don't you?
I don't happen to be that kind of rat.
-What kind of a rat are you?
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What's a dope in your book?
-A guy without sense enough to get out while he can. And hole up in some quiet place where people don't know you.
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I even marry a girl. A girl who oughtn't to have given me the time of the day.

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