The Blue Dahlia

The Blue Dahlia

George Marshall (1946)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This terrifically taut thriller was written for the screen from his own original story by the great Raymond Chandler, with lines and whole scenes as hard-boiled and witty as in the better known films noirs The Big Sleep and Double Indemnity. Steely-eyed, supercool Alan Ladd returns from the war to cheating wife Doris Dowling, who winds up dead, and he becomes the chief murder suspect. He meets sultry Veronica Lake, and their scenes together simply sizzle. Under George Marshall's expert direction, the fight sequences are unusually realistic and brutal for a movie made by Paramount, a studio better known for lighter entertainment. The classy score's by Victor Young, the costumes are by Edith Head, the cutting's by Billy Wilder's editor Arthur Schmidt: with a pedigree like that, this one could hardly fail.


A war-weary pilot returns home from service in Europe, but his welcome is far from warm. Not only must he deal with the news of his wife's infidelities, but he also finds himself accused of her murder. However, the wife of his dead spouse's lover is on hand to help him prove his innocence. Thriller, written by Raymond Chandler and starring Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix and Doris Dowling.

Cast & Crew

Johnny Morrison Alan Ladd
Joyce Harwood Veronica Lake
Buzz Wanchek William Bendix
Eddie Harwood Howard Da Silva
Helen Morrison Doris Dowling
Captain Hendrickson Tom Powers
George Copeland Hugh Beaumont
Corelli Howard Freeman
Leo Don Costello (1)
"Dad" Newell Will Wright
Director George Marshall
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Paramount Film Service LtdGuidance: Contains some violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-ray