April 1946: The Blue Dahlia

Oh, written by Raymond Chandler and with Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd. We’re out of B movie territory, finally.

Not that there’s anything wrong with B movies.

Wow! This is some kinda noir masterpiece! There’s just so much in here! Ladd’s semi-mute stoicicity (that’s a word). Lake’s dead-pan witty repartee. William Bendix simmering like some kind of natural force of violence and chaos. The rain. The cars. The bars.

It’s just kinda a little perfect thing.

A dizzying array of noir-ish twists and an ending I didn’t see coming.

It’s fabulous.

The Blue Dahlia. George Marshall. 1946.

Popular movies in April 1946 according to IMDB:

58177.2The Blue Dahlia
5847.1The Green Years
3516.7Two Sisters from Boston
3046.6Mysterious Intruder
2566.5The Falcon’s Alibi
7216.5The Virginian
24956.4Make Mine Music

This blog post is part of the Decade series.

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