Movie-A-Day #204: The Blue Dahlia (1946).
Happy birthday to the noirest writer in town, Raymond Chandler. His stories helped set the standard for 20th century detective fiction, but he also did some great movie writing too. We covered his definitive L.A. noir “Double Indemnity” just last week for Barbara Stanwyck’s birthday, but “The Blue Dahlia” is pretty damn good as well. It features Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd and William Bendix at their best, and it even lent its name to one of Los Angeles’ most notorious noir-ish murder cases, the Black Dahlia.