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The Blue Dahlia

Posted by martinteller on September 6, 2010

Middling murder mystery noir.  It’s a Raymond Chandler script, so you can expect the plot to be convoluted and confusing.  The real problem is George Marshall’s lackluster direction.  Known primarily for comedies and westerns, he has no flair for this kind of thing, and the film largely fails to create any kind of atmosphere.  However, there are some nice dialogue moments and it’s an interesting take on returning veterans.  Good performances, especially from Ladd, Bendix, Da Silva and some of the minor roles.  Veronica Lake is, as usual, a pretty face but a bland actress.  Overall it’s worth watching, but hardly a standout.  Rating: 7


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