If you’ve never had the pleasure of watching The Blue Dahlia (1946), here’s your chance to see pure film noir in all of it’s black and white glory. It will be shown on Turner Classic Movies on Saturday May 15th at 8:00 pm (eastern).
From the mighty pen of Raymond Chandler, Alan Ladd stars as a war veteran framed for the murder of his own wife. Veronica Lake plays the requisite femme fatale. YES! William Bendix and Hugh Beaumont (Ward Cleaver playing a tough guy, gotta love it) also star.
“Ladd stars as Johnny Morrison, a disillusioned ex-servicemen who discovers the infidelities of his wife (Dowling) – he catches her kissing Eddie Harwood (De Silva), owner of the Blue Dahlia club – on the same night that she is murdered with his gun. Naturally he becomes the prime suspect in the killing, not least because he’d pulled his gun on her before walking away”.
One of my favorite lines from the movie is when Alan Ladd catches the “other man” kissing his wife, and as he belts the other man in the mouth, says.. “You’ve got the wrong lipstick on, Mister”. Such a great line.
An interesting note, Ladd was only 5 feet 5 inches tall, and the only actress then on the Paramount lot short enough to pair with him was Lake, who stood just 4 feet 11½ inches. First by necessity, but it worked so well they made four films together.
But enough of that, watch it for the excellent dialog, great acting.. and for the fine film noir plot.