The Blue Dahlia

The Blue Dahlia

Director: George Marshall Cast: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix

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Overview

This neat, fast-paced perfectly cast film noir reflects the hard-boiled, grim wit of the author of its screenplay, Raymond Chandler. Johnny Morrison (Alan Ladd) returns from the war to find his wife Helen (Doris Dowling) having a party and in the arms of another man. Johnny and Helen have a terrible fight, and later Helen is found dead. Johnny must prove his innocence and he enlists the aid of Joyce Haywood (Veronica Lake), the ex-wife of Helen's lover. Pursued by the cops, and never sure if he is being set-up for the murder, Johnny finally solves the murder and clears his name. Alan Ladd is at his hard-boiled, no-nonsense best as Johnny and Veronica Lake is, as always, the perfect noir femme-fatale, mysterious and alluring. Nicely directed by George Marshall, the film moves with great pace to an exciting, satisfying conclusion. The screenplay, the only one written by Chandler directly for the screen, was nominated for an Academy Award.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/05/2014
UPC: 0025192139413
Original Release: 1946
Source: Universal Mod
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:39:00
Sales rank: 11,575

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Ladd Johnny Morrison
Veronica Lake Joyce Harwood
William Bendix Buzz Wanchek
Howard Da Silva Eddie Harwood
Doris Dowling Helen Morrison
Tom Powers Capt. Hendrickson
Hugh Beaumont George Copeland
Howard Freeman Corelli
Don Costello Leo
Will Wright Dad Newell
Frank Faylen The Man
Walter Sande Heath, Gangster
Lucy Knoch Actor
Paul Gustine Doorman
Henry Vroom Master Sergeant
Audrey Korn Actor
Vera Marshe Blonde
Mae Busch Jenny the maid
Gloria Williams Assistant Maid
George Barton Cab Driver
Jack Gargan Cab Driver
Harry Hayden Mr. Hughes, the Assistant Hotel Manager
Harry Barris Bellhop
Roberta Jonay Girl Hotel Clerk
Milt Kibbee Night Hotel Clerk
Dick Winslow Piano Player at Party
Anthony Caruso Marine Corporal
Matt McHugh Bartender
Arthur Loft the Wolf
Stan Johnson Naval Officer
Harry Tyler Clerk in Bus Station
Jack Clifford Plainclothesman
George Sorel Paul, the Captain of Waiters
James Millican Photographer
Albert Ruiz Photographer
Charles Anthony Hughes Lt. Lloyd
Nina Borget Mexican Waitress
Douglas Carter Bus Driver
Ed Randolph Cop
Bea Allen News Clerk
Perc Launders Hotel Clerk
Jimmie Dundee Driver of Gangster Car
Dick Elliott Motor Court Owner
George Carleton Clerk at DeAnza Hotel
Franklin Parker Police Stenographer
Noel Neill Hatcheck Girl
Brooke Evans Guest at Cocktail Party
Beverly Thompson Guest at Cocktail Party
Jerry James Guest at Cocktail Party
Charles Mayon Guest at Cocktail Party
William Meader Party Guest
Ernie S. Adams Joe, Man in Coveralls
Thomas P. Dillon Prowl Car Cop

Technical Credits
George Marshall Director,Producer
Raymond Chandler Screenwriter
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Hans Dreier Art Director
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
John Houseman Producer
Lionel Lindon Cinematographer
Gene Merritt Sound/Sound Designer
Joel Moss Sound/Sound Designer
Arthur P. Schmidt Editor
Walter Tyler Art Director
Jimmy Walter Set Decoration/Design
James M. Walters Set Decoration/Design
Wally Westmore Makeup
Victor Young Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision

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