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Film Review - Blue Dahlia, The
A post World War II B-movie, The Blue Dahlia is one of those over-acted, "Gee, I wonder who killed the girl?" movies.
Three war heroes come home to Hollywood. One finds that his wife has turned into the unfaithful bitch from hell, and he walks out on her. The rest of the movie we wonder who really killed her. And for those who will take things at surface value, two likely suspects are thrown in just to move you off course.
This is a style of Hollywood of the late 1940s. Only the person talking is allowed to move. Everyone else stands stiff as a board to not upstage. The dialogue isn't the type anyone would have really spoken; but then, in 1946, Hollywood did put violence in movies, but no sex and no profanity. Even as Alan Ladd kisses the girl in the last shot, he's off picture.
You'll see Beaver Cleaver's dad not doing much in this picture, and if you look real hard, you'll see Noel Neill, who would later play Superman's main squeeze in the '50's, as a hatcheck girl.
Directed by George Marshall
Released in 1946
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Reviewed by Mongo