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Movie-A-Day #204: The Blue Dahlia (1946).

July 23, 2011

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.

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  1. July 23, 2011 8:43 am

    I wonder how Cain felt about Chandler’s working of Double Indemnity. It’s definitely noired up, and with Cain I always get a brighter set-feel. What Chandler did was bring the guilt early in my opinion, so that the crescendo of release at the end was structurally justified.

    One other thing: Born in Chi, died in LaJolla – no dope.

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