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This has nothing to do with ''Literature/TheBlackDahlia'' novel, or its [[Film/TheBlackDahlia film adaptation]]. 1998 adventure game ''VideoGame/BlackDahlia'' has no connection with either film.
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This has nothing to do [[SimilarlyNamedWorks only a tangential connection]] with ''Literature/TheBlackDahlia'' novel, or its [[Film/TheBlackDahlia film adaptation]]. adaptation]]: the murder victim who inspired the latter works was compared by the media to a character in this film. 1998 adventure game AdventureGame ''VideoGame/BlackDahlia'' has no connection with either film.
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This has nothing to do with ''Literature/TheBlackDahlia'' novel, or its [[Film/TheBlackDahlia film adaptation]]. 1998 adventure game ''VideoGame/BlackDahlia'' has no connection with either film.


* ExecutiveMeddling: The killer was originally supposed to be [[spoiler: Buzz, but the U.S. Navy objected to the idea of one of its service members committing a murder]] and persuaded the studio to have Chandler rewrite the ending.


''The Blue Dahlia'' is a 1946 FilmNoir directed by George Marshall and written by Creator/RaymondChandler. A navy officer returns home to an unfaithful wife, who is later murdered. It stars Alan Ladd as the navy officer, Johnny Morrison, and Creator/VeronicaLake as his LoveInterest, the wife of a mobster who is seeing Morrison's unfaithful wife, Helen (Doris Dowling). During the movie Johnny tries to solve the mystery of the murder of his wife while the police are looking for him as prime suspect.

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''The Blue Dahlia'' is a 1946 FilmNoir directed by George Marshall and written by Creator/RaymondChandler. A navy officer returns home to an unfaithful wife, who is later murdered. It stars Alan Ladd Creator/AlanLadd as the navy officer, Johnny Morrison, and Creator/VeronicaLake as his LoveInterest, the wife of a mobster who is seeing Morrison's unfaithful wife, Helen (Doris Dowling). During the movie Johnny tries to solve the mystery of the murder of his wife while the police are looking for him as prime suspect.


''The Blue Dahlia'' is a 1946 FilmNoir directed by George Marshall and written by Creator/RaymondChandler. A navy officer returns home to an unfaithful wife, who is later murdered. It stars Alan Ladd as the navy officer, Johnny Morrison, and Veronica Lake as his LoveInterest, the wife of a mobster who is seeing Morrison's unfaithful wife, Helen (Doris Dowling). During the movie Johnny tries to solve the mystery of the murder of his wife while the police are looking for him as prime suspect.

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''The Blue Dahlia'' is a 1946 FilmNoir directed by George Marshall and written by Creator/RaymondChandler. A navy officer returns home to an unfaithful wife, who is later murdered. It stars Alan Ladd as the navy officer, Johnny Morrison, and Veronica Lake Creator/VeronicaLake as his LoveInterest, the wife of a mobster who is seeing Morrison's unfaithful wife, Helen (Doris Dowling). During the movie Johnny tries to solve the mystery of the murder of his wife while the police are looking for him as prime suspect.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: The killer was originally supposed to be [[spoiler: Buzz, but the U.S. Navy objected to the idea of one of its service members committing a murder]] and persuaded the studio to have Chandler rewrite the ending.

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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Helen]]


* MotiveRant: The house detective resents everyone for looking down at him. Apparently Helen refused to pay his blackmail demands, whereupon he killed her.

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* MotiveRant: The house detective resents everyone for looking down at him. Apparently [[spoiler: Helen refused to pay his blackmail demands, demands]], whereupon [[spoiler: he killed her.her]].



* RedHerring: Neither the mobster with whom she was having an affair nor the war buddy of her husband killed her, while we are led to believe that one of them did.

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* RedHerring: Neither [[spoiler: the mobster with whom she was having an affair affair]] nor [[spoiler: the war buddy of her husband killed her, her]], while we are led to believe that one of them did.

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* BerserkButton: Buzz really, ''really'' dislikes "monkey music".


* YourCheatingHeart: Helen has been having an affair with Eddie Harwood while Johnny has been off at war.

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* YourCheatingHeart: Helen has been having an affair with Eddie Harwood while Johnny has been off at war.war.
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* TheReveal: The real killer is the AmateurSleuth.

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* TheReveal: The real killer is [[spoiler: the AmateurSleuth.AmateurSleuth]].


* TheReveal: The real killer is the [[Spoiler: AmateurSleuth]].

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* TheReveal: The real killer is the [[Spoiler: AmateurSleuth]].AmateurSleuth.


* TheReveal: The real killer is the AmateurSleuth.

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* TheReveal: The real killer is the AmateurSleuth.[[Spoiler: AmateurSleuth]].


''The Blue Dahlia'' is a 1946 FilmNoir directed by George Marshall and written by Creator/RaymondChandler. A navy officer returns home to an unfaithful wife, who is later murdered. It stars Alan Ladd as the navy officer, Johnny Morrison, and Veronica Lake as his LoveInterest, the wife of a Mobster who is seeing Morrison's unfaithful wife, Helen (Doris Dowling). During the movie Johnny tries to solve the mystery of the murder of his wife while the police is looking for him as prime suspect.

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''The Blue Dahlia'' is a 1946 FilmNoir directed by George Marshall and written by Creator/RaymondChandler. A navy officer returns home to an unfaithful wife, who is later murdered. It stars Alan Ladd as the navy officer, Johnny Morrison, and Veronica Lake as his LoveInterest, the wife of a Mobster mobster who is seeing Morrison's unfaithful wife, Helen (Doris Dowling). During the movie Johnny tries to solve the mystery of the murder of his wife while the police is are looking for him as prime suspect.
suspect.

William Bendix plays Buzz Wanchek, Johnny's Navy buddy. George, Johnny's other war buddy, is played by Hugh Beaumont, who a decade after this movie played his most famous role as Ward Cleaver on ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver''.



* AmateurSleuth: The House detective that finds the dead body of Helen
* MotiveRant
* RedHerring:[[spoiler:Neither the mobster with whom she was having an affair nor the war buddy of her husband killed her, while we are led to believe that one of them did.]]
* TheReveal:[[spoiler:The real killer is the AmateurSleuth.]]

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* AmateurSleuth: The House house detective. And Johnny, who decides to find out for himself who the guilty party is.
* CoincidentalBroadcast: Johnny is chatting with Joyce over breakfast at a beachside hotel. As Johnny is getting ready to leave, a radio that was completely silent before suddenly pipes up from somewhere offscreen with a report about the death of Helen Morrison.
* DeadManWriting: Johnny pulls a picture of his son out of a frame, and reveals a note from Helen, telling him that if something happens to her, Harwood's name is actually Bauer, and he's wanted for murder in New Jersey.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Leo and a {{Mook}} overpower Johnny. The mook goes through Johnny's pockets and finds the incriminating note from Helen. Leo, who didn't approve of the mook lifting the money from Johnny's wallet, promptly clubs the mook over the head and says "There's ethics in this business, the same as any other."
* GrayRainOfDepression: The rain is pouring as Johnny leaves the bungalow after finding out about both Helen's infidelity and the truth of their son's death.
* LadyDrunk: Helen is a bitter, angry alcoholic. She reveals to Johnny that their dead son wasn't killed by diptheria, he was killed when Helen crashed their car while drunk.
* MotiveRant: The house
detective that finds resents everyone for looking down at him. Apparently Helen refused to pay his blackmail demands, whereupon he killed her.
* PigLatin: "Well well well, unkdray again", says
the dead body of Helen
maid, except Helen isn't drunk, she's dead.
* MotiveRant
* RedHerring:[[spoiler:Neither
RedHerring: Neither the mobster with whom she was having an affair nor the war buddy of her husband killed her, while we are led to believe that one of them did.]]
did.
* TheReveal:[[spoiler:The TheReveal: The real killer is the AmateurSleuth.]]AmateurSleuth.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Buzz is pretty twitchy, and obviously damaged. He has a plate in his head from the war.
* TitleDrop: Eddie Harwood is the owner of The Blue Dahlia nightclub.
* YourCheatingHeart: Helen has been having an affair with Eddie Harwood while Johnny has been off at war.


* RedHerring:[[spoiler:Neither the Mobster with whom she was having an affair nor the War buddy of her husband killed her, while we are lead to believe that one of them did.]]
* TheReveal:[[spoiler:The real killer is the AmateurSleuth]]
* [[RelationshipVoiceActor Relationship Actor]]: This was the third film to co-star Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake.

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* RedHerring:[[spoiler:Neither the Mobster mobster with whom she was having an affair nor the War war buddy of her husband killed her, while we are lead led to believe that one of them did.]]
* TheReveal:[[spoiler:The real killer is the AmateurSleuth]]
* [[RelationshipVoiceActor Relationship Actor]]: This was the third film to co-star Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake.
AmateurSleuth.]]

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