Film Notes: The Blue Dahlia (1946) directed by George Marshall


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This entry is a contribution to November crime fiction of the year meme hosted by Rich Westwood over at his blog Past Offences. The year chosen for November was #1946. 

USA, 1946/99 min/BW/Language: English/Paramount Pictures. Dir: George Marshall Pr: John Houseman Scr: Raymond Chandler Cin: Lionel Lindon Mus: Victor Young Cast: Alan Ladd (Johnny Morrison), Veronica Lake (Joyce Harwood), William Bendix (Buzz Wanchek), Howard Da Silva (Eddie Harwood), Doris Dowling (Helen Morrison), Tom Powers (Capt. Hendrickson), Hugh Beaumont (George Copeland), Howard Freeman (Corelli), Don Costello (Leo), Will Wright (‘Dad’ Newell), Frank Faylen (Man Recommending a Motel), Walter Sande (Heath), Bea Allen (News Clerk), Harry Barris (Bellhop), George Barton (Cab Driver), Nina Borget (Mexican Waitress), Mae Busch (Jenny – Maid), George M. Carleton (Clerk at DeAnza Hotel), Douglas Carter (Bus Driver), Anthony Caruso (Marine Corporal Playing Jukebox), Carmen Clifford (Carmen – Party Guest), Jack Clifford (Plainclothes Cop), Tom Dillon (Cop in Prowl Car), Jimmie Dundee (Driver of Gangster Car), Jay Eaton (Bar Patron) Release Date: 19 April 1946 (USA).

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Synopsis: Johnny Morrison (Alan Ladd) returns to Hollywood along with his buddies Buzz Wanchek (William Bendix) and George Copeland (Hugh Beaumont) after serving in World War II. When he unexpectedly arrives to the bungalow of the hotel where his wife Helen (Doris Dowling) lives, he discovers she is having a party together with her lover Eddie Harwood (Howard Da Silva), the owner of the nightclub The Blue Dahlia. Following a heated discussion, Helen confesses him that her young son did not die of diphtheria as she had led him to believe, but on a car accident while she was driving drunk. Johnny threatens her with his gun but finally he throws it to the ground and leaves. While walking down the road, Johnny has a chance encounter with an attractive young woman named Joyce (Veronica Lake). The next day, he learns his wife has been murdered, and Johnny becomes the prime suspect.

Yesterday I had the chance to watch this film. Its original script was written by Raymond Chandler and it was in fact the only one he wrote especially for the screen. I’d not seen it before and could not let this opportunity pass. Particularly in a year in which I’ve read almost all Chandler’s books. I truly enjoyed it and would like to suggest the reading of Behind the Camera On The Blue Dahlia by Andrea Passafiume. Probably The Blue Dahlia is not the best film noir released in 1946 but was made with great skill and imagination, the script is really interesting and the acting, in my view, is excellent. A film that’s well worth seeing. 

Joyce: Well, don’t you even say ‘Good night’?
Johnny: It’s good-bye, and it’s tough to say good-bye.
Joyce: Why is it? You’ve never seen me before tonight.
Johnny: Every guy’s seen you before somewhere. The trick is to find you.

The Blue Dahlia film trailer on YouTube

The Blue Dahlia at the IMDb

Notas de cine: La dalia azul (1946), dirigida por George Marshall

Sinopsis: Johnny Morrison (Alan Ladd) regresa a Hollywood junto con sus amigos Buzz Wanchek (William Bendix) y George Copeland (Hugh Beaumont) después de participar en la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Cuando llega inesperadamente al bungalow del hotel donde su esposa Helen (Doris Dowling) vive, descubre que ella está celebrando una fiesta junto con su amante Eddie Harwood (Howard Da Silva), el dueño de la discoteca La dalia azul. Después de una acalorada discusión, Helen le confiesa que su hijo no murió de difteria como ella le había hecho creer, sino en un accidente de coche cuando conducía borracha. Johnny le amenaza con su arma, pero finalmente arroja el arma al suelo y se va. Mientras camina por la carretera, Johnny tiene un encuentro casual con una atractiva joven llamada Joyce (Veronica Lake). Al día siguiente, se entera de que su esposa ha sido asesinada, y Johnny se convierte en el principal sospechoso.

Ayer tuve la oportunidad de ver esta película. Su guión original fue escrito por Raymond Chandler y fue, de hecho, el único que escribió especialmente para la pantalla. Yo no la había visto antes y no podía dejar pasar esta oportunidad. Sobre todo en un año en el que he leído casi todas los libros de Chandler. Realmente la disfruté y me gustaría sugerir la lectura de Behind the Camera On The Blue Dahlia por Andrea Passafiume. Probablemente La dalia azul no es la mejor película de cine negro estrenada en 1946, pero fue rodado con gran habilidad e imaginación, el guión es realmente interesante y la actuación, en mi opinión, es excelente. Una película que merece la pena ver.

Joyce: Acaso no puedes decir ‘Buenas noches’?
Johnny: Es un adiós, y es difícil decir adiós.
Joyce: ¿Por qué? Si nunca me habias visto antes de esta noche.
Johnny: Todo hombre te ha visto antes en alguna parte. La clave es encontrarte. (mi traducción libre)

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