When discharged navy officer Johnny Morrison (Alan Ladd) comes home from war to his old stomping ground in the Hollywood Hills, he is shocked to discover his wife Helen (Doris Dowling) having an affair with the proprietor of the glamorous Blue Dahlia nightclub. But when Helen is murdered and Johnny is fingered as the prime suspect, he is forced to prove his innocence, aided by a woman harbouring a dark secret, the beautiful and enigmatic Joyce (Veronica Lake).
For the sake of Veronika Lake
- The Blue Dahlia review by CSF
Of course the film dated, that's its charm. I watch it for the sake of Veronica Lake (poor girl, she had such a sad ending in real life!) Despite the violence the films of this period remain somehow naive and predictable. It was time for Hitchcock to turn up and change this type of films.
However I enjoyed it because it was an easy watch film and I always find it funny how women remain dressed as if going to a royal wedding whereas they are just lingering at home.
One must watch Veronica Lace in My Wife is a Witch, she is adorable.