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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Blue Dahlia (1946)

Starring Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix, Howard Da Silva, Doris Dowling
Directed by George Marshall
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

A Navy veteran returns home to find his wife has wronged him and tries to elude the police when she is murdered.

This film boasts a screenplay by reputed author Raymond Chandler, and offers a compelling mystery, but unfortunately concludes with a rather tacked on ending.  Per Wikipedia, Chandler originally had another murderer in mind, and was forced to change the culprit by the studio, and that character's motivations don't make a whole lot of sense, to me at least.  Nevertheless, there's still some nice crackling dialogue, and good scenes here for all the actors, although viewers expecting similar heat between Ladd and Lake as in their memorable film noir This Gun For Hire will be disappointed. 

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