The Blue Gardenia
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Norah Larkin (Anne Baxter) is a pretty, young switchboard operator with a boyfriend to whom she is devoted stationed in Korea. She cheerfully spends her evenings at home and never dates other men, wishing to remain faithful to her man overseas. But on her birthday, she learns that her boyfriend has fallen in love with another woman. Distraught, Norah impulsively accepts a dinner invitation from artist and infamous lothario Harry Prebble (Raymond Burr). She drinks too much and gets herself right snookered, a situation which Harry tries to take advantage of. Prebble is found dead in his apartment the next day, and Norah can't remember what happened. Confused and afraid, she responds to newspaperman Casey Mayo (Richard Conte) who, looking for an angle, promised his newspaper would provide the murderer with legal assistance in exchange for an exclusive story.Read more ›
1) "The Blue Dahlia" was released on April 19, 1946.
2) Elizabeth Short's body was found nine months later, on January 15, 1947. It is most commonly believed that she was nicknamed the "Black Dahlia" by a sensationalistic press looking for a catchy nickname. It is probably a reference to both the Veronica Lake film, and the fact that Beth had a fondness for black clothing.
3) This film, "The Blue Gardenia" was not released until 1953, and really has nothing overtly to do with the notorious unsolved murder of Beth Short. However, I CAN see where the filmmakers may have slightly exploited the fact that the Black Dahlia had seeped well into America's collective unconscious by then.
Anyone interested in the facts and theories surrounding the Black Dahlia case would do better to consult [...] or to read John Gilmore's book "Severed", available right here at Amazon!
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Ann Baxter is the hammiest actress I have ever seen but it is enjoyable to watch her because she always uses her face and gestures to get across the points of her characters which... Read morePublished 14 days ago by C. Hill
If you like the Film Noir genre you will enjoy Blue Gardenia. However, it is not one of the best. Good though.Published 1 month ago by A. R. Miller & J. M. Miller
Anne Baxter is stuff dreams are made of and the plot was excellent. A most excellent see!Published 5 months ago by Melvin H. Chapman
Ooooh Wonderful film noir! A big added bonus .... listening to Nat King Cole singing "Blue Gardenia" with that smooth voice!!!!!Published 5 months ago by ellois smith