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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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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1975 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In this movie, a grandfather and grandson find the body of Elizabeth Short; in real life it was a mother and daughter. Also, a male photographer takes the first photo of Short's body; the photographer was a woman in real life. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Sgt. Harry Hansen: [Voiceover as the last few hours Elizabeth Short was seen alive are reenacted] January 9th, 1947. Victim's following movements noted: Mayfair Hotel doorman said, identified subject came out of the hotel immediately. Walked away carrying black suitcase. Time: 4pm. Witness reports girl answering Elizabeth Short's description entered bus station; deposited black suitcase in locker, and left; time: 4:30pm. Subject returns to hotel at 5pm. Seen over next several hours, waiting. Waiting. Waiting for ...
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Brilliant portrayal of a sad and brutal true story
9 January 2016 | by harrypaalsSee all my reviews

This 1975 TV movie brilliantly portrayed the tragic true story of an young aspiring actress and her brutal murder in 1947, which has never been solved.

The story told in flashbacks with some style for an old TV movie. Very good acting and well written screenplay mostly based on facts. Although Elizabeth Short's murder scene was one of the most disturbing crime scenes ever recorded in history, this movie never tried to exploit it by using unnecessary gore, which may disappoint a few fans of the genre. Here the focus is on the characterization of Elizabeth Beth.

Lucie Arnaz did well playing the innocent yet mysterious young and gorgeous Beth. It was very sad at times and depressing as well. Efrem Zimbalist Jr. was superb as the detective who was obsessed and frustrated with the mystery beauty. The co-stars did their parts okay.

A true hidden gem. Probably one of the best TV movies made in the 70s.


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