15 certificateThe Blue Dahlia is a Film programme that first aired in 1946 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

The Blue Dahlia is a 3 star programme

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The Blue Dahlia (1946)

Directed by
George Marshall

This tough and taut thriller, written by Raymond Chandler, is one of the great unsung film-noirs. Released in 1946, it stars Alan Ladd - on terrific form - as super-cool Second World War veteran Johnny Morrison who returns home to discover that his wife Helen (Doris Dowling) has been unfaithful, fooling around with Eddie Harwood (Howard Da Silva), the oily owner of the Blue Dahlia nightclub. Distraught, Johnny wanders off into the night, leaving his gun behind. Helen winds up dead, but who shot her and why? Johnny - the prime suspect - is determined to uncover the truth. While on the killer's trail, he teams up with sultry Joyce - Veronica Lake - who, by chance, is the estranged wife of Eddie Harwood...

Brilliantly directed by George Marshall, it's a fine movie. Ladd and Lake's scenes are terrific, and, surprisingly, the fight sequences are quite tough for the time. Also look out for a strong performance from William Bendix as Johnny's shell-shocked war buddy Buzz Wanchek.

Highly recommended.

Genre: Film

Running Time: 100 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1946

3/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Black and White


Image for Alan LaddAlan Ladd...Johnny Morrison /Jimmy Moore
Image for Veronica LakeVeronica Lake...Joyce Harwood
Image for William BendixWilliam Bendix...Buzz Wanchek
Image for Howard Da SilvaHoward Da Silva...Eddie Harwood
Image for Doris DowlingDoris Dowling...Helen Morrison
Tom Powers...Capt. Hendrickson
Hugh Beaumont...George Copeland
Howard Freeman...Corelli
Don Costello...Leo
Will Wright...'Dad' Newell
Frank Faylen...Man recommending a motel
Walter Sande...Heath
Dick Elliott...Motor court owner
Milton Kibbee...Night hotel clerk