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Who Is the Black Dahlia? (1975)

In Los Angeles in 1947, a police detective tries to solve the shocking and grisly murder of 22-year-old aspiring actress Elizabeth Short, whose nude body was dumped in a lot after being ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Sgt. Harry Hansen
Ronny Cox ... Sgt. Finis Brown
Macdonald Carey ... Capt. Jack Donahoe
Lucie Arnaz ... Elizabeth Short
Tom Bosley ... Bevo Means
Linden Chiles ... Dr. Wallace Coppin
Gloria DeHaven ... Police Matron (as Gloria De Haven)
John Fiedler ... PX Manager
Rick Jason ... Miles Harmonder
Henry Jones ... Lee Jones
June Lockhart ... Mrs. Fowler
Mercedes McCambridge ... Grandmother
Donna Mills ... Susan Winters
Brooke Adams ... Diane Fowler
Henry Beckman ... Traveling Salesman
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In Los Angeles in 1947, a police detective tries to solve the shocking and grisly murder of 22-year-old aspiring actress Elizabeth Short, whose nude body was dumped in a lot after being bisected with surgical precision. The detective interviews people who knew Short, who was called "The Black Dahlia" because of the black outfits she wore. Written by <genekim@concentric.net>

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Before he could hunt her killer, he had to learn who "The Black Dahlia" was - hard chick or easy mark...home girl or party girl! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chi è Black Dahlia? See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The same year, 1975, character-actors Sig Haig (the tattoo artist) and Lee de Broux (the casting agent) played criminal partners in the theatrical Pam Grier blaxploitation film, Coffy. See more »

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Arc lights reflected in door as Beth leaves bus station. See more »

Quotes

Susan Winters: Look, we're kinda "one for all and all for one" here, you know?
Elizabeth Short: Don't let me change a thing. I probably won't be here very long, anyway.
Susan Winters: I guess none of us is permanent, huh?
Elizabeth Short: [Very darkly] No. Grandmama used to say, "Nothing alive and pretty is ever permanent". Grandmama was right, I guess.
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terrified me when I first saw it on t.v. in 1975
2 March 1999 | by JGWalkerSee all my reviews

This made for t.v. movie terrified me when I saw it in 1975. One of the people with whom I was living at the time said, "Watch this and tell me how it turns out," then left to go out.

By the end, in which the Sgt. Harry Hansen character looks at the camera and speculates about the murderer (I won't say any more than that), I was so scared that I ran around the whole house and turned on the lights and didn't go to bed until my housemates returned at 2:00 a.m.

The plot develops well, in a series of flashbacks. The characters are sympathetic. The period atmosphere seems/seemed right. And most of all, unusual for the time before "docudramas," this film was based on a real case.

I am not the world's largest Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. fan (though I did enjoy 77 Sunset Strip as a child), but his work here is very good.

Enjoy .


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