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:

Poster Votes Rating Movie
5817 7.2 The Blue Dahlia
584 7.1 The Green Years
2632 7.0 Dragonwyck
2692 6.9 Bedlam
351 6.7 Two Sisters from Boston
579 6.7 Devotion
304 6.6 Mysterious Intruder
256 6.5 The Falcon’s Alibi
721 6.5 The Virginian
2495 6.4 Make Mine Music

This blog post is part of the Decade series.

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