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The Blue Dahlia (1946) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by George Marshall and produced by John Houseman and George Marshall.

Academy Awards 1946 --- Ceremony Number 19 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best WritingRaymond ChandlerNominated
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Review of “The Blue Dahlia” at #NoirCityChicago

By Stephen Reginald on Aug 19, 2018 From Classic Movie Man

Review of “The Blue Dahlia” at #NoirCityChicago I went to see The Blue Dahlia, at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave, Chicago, last night. The 1946 Paramount release, directed by George Marshall was presented in a clean 35mm print. The original screenplay from detective st... Read full article


The Blue Dahlia (1946)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jun 15, 2017 From 4 Star Films

Soldiers returning home from war is a recurring theme in films such as The Best Years of Our Lives and Act of Violence and given the circumstances it makes sense. This was the reality. Men returning home from war as heroes. But even heroes have to re-acclimate to the world they left behind. Blue Dah... Read full article


The Blue Dahlia (1946)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jun 15, 2017 From 4 Star Films

Soldiers returning home from war is a recurring theme in films such as The Best Years of Our Lives and Act of Violence and given the circumstances it makes sense. This was the reality. Men returning home from war as heroes. But even heroes have to re-acclimate to the world they left behind. Blue Dah... Read full article


Raymond Chandler's "The Blue Dahlia"

By Rick29 on Jan 7, 2016 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

The Blue Dahlia nightclub. "As pictures go, it is pretty lively. No classic, but no dud either." That's how Raymond Chandler described the movie made from his only original screenplay in a 1946 letter. Chandler was typically critical of his work. In fact, The Blue Dahlia is a very good film noir. ... Read full article


The Blue Dahlia (1946)

By Beatrice on Jul 1, 2014 From Flickers in Time

The Blue Dahlia Directed by George Marshall Written by Raymond Chandler 1946/USA Paramount Pictures First viewing/TCM Dark Crimes DVD Raymond Chandler famously wrote his original screenplay for The Blue Dahlia at home during shooting while he was on a drunken bender. ?The plot doesn’t make m... Read full article


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Quotes from

The 'wolf' at bar: Hey, you, that's my seat!
Buzz Wanchek: [with contempt] Go pick yourself an orchid!


Eddie Harwood: I know I've got lots of faults, but being in love with you isn't one of them, is it?


Joyce Harwood: [sitting with Johnny in a convertible in the hills overlooking Los Angeles] It takes a lot of lights to make a city, doesn't it?


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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.
Elizabeth Short got the nickname "The Black Dahlia" from a bartender at a Long Beach bar she frequented. The Blue Dahlia was playing at a theatre down the street, and the bartender got the name wrong. Elizabeth picked up on that and kept the nickname, adding a flower to her hair to complete the transformation. She was murdered the next year (1947).
Shortly after this film released, a young woman named Elizabeth Short was murdered in Los Angeles. The local newspapers dubbed the case the "Black Dahlia" as a morbid twist on this film's title. Unlike the movie, the Short murder case is still unsolved.
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