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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Donna Mills plays an aspiring actress named Susan Winters, who is based on Ann Toth (although Toth was more friendly with Short)... Peter Jason plays club owner Miles Harmonder, based on Mark Hanson (who was Jason's polar opposite: overweight and unattractive)... Brooke Adams plays Diane Fowler, a young sympathetic theater worker who takes Elizabeth Short to her mother's home in San Diego (only here it's Santa Barbara), and is based on Dorothy French; Linden Chiles plays Dr. Wallace Coppin, based on Red Manly, who was a salesman, not a doctor (which was possibly added to make him look like a suspect given how Short was killed, as if done by a surgeon)... See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Sgt. Harry Hansen: [standing over the mutilated corpse] Lady - what the hell could you do to make ANYBODY that mad?
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Eerie, atmospheric.
23 August 2002 | by ActorMan22See all my reviews

I too was frightened the first time I saw this TV movie. It tells the story of the short life, and gruesome, unsolved 1947 murder of Elizabeth Short, whose nickname was the Black Dahlia, a type of flower. There is a certain creepiness that pervades this low-key period story, told in flashbacks of Short's brief Los Angeles existence before her slaughter. Efram Zimbalist, Jr., portrays the detective who becomes obsessed with the young, attractive woman's story. The period details feel right, for I am too young to have any first-hand experience of the time, and Lucie Arnaz's performance as the doomed title character adds emotional weight to what could have been an exploitive picture. This is another example of how superior, in general, '70's made-for-television movies were to future endeavors.


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