Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Blue Dahlia (1946)

IMDb plot summary: An ex-bomber pilot is suspected of murdering his unfaithful wife.
Directed by George Marshall. Starring Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix, and Howard Da Silva.

I could never really be sure which direction this movie was trying to go in. A gritty mystery? A noir about femme fatales? A serious drama about PTSD? It touches on all of these but doesn't really settle on any of them, and as a result, when the credits rolled, I just shrugged and thought, "Meh." Not a lot compelling here in terms of story, character, or themes.

1 star.

How it entered my Flickchart:
The Blue Dahlia < Dreamgirls
The Blue Dahlia < Rebel Without a Cause
The Blue Dahlia > The Net
The Blue Dahlia > Did You Hear About the Morgans?
The Blue Dahlia < The Best Years of Our Lives
The Blue Dahlia < After the Thin Man
The Blue Dahlia < Freaky Friday (1976)
The Blue Dahlia > Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1989)
The Blue Dahlia > Tears of the Sun
The Blue Dahlia < The Thirteenth Floor

Final spot: #1974 out of 2448.

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