The Black Dahlia

Synopsis: In 1946, the former boxers Dwight "Bucky" Bleichert and Lee Blanchard are policemen in Los Angeles. Lee has a good relationship with his chief and uses a box fight between them to promote the department and get a raise to the police force. They succeed and are promoted to homicide detectives, working together. Bucky becomes a close friend of Lee and his girlfriend Kay Lake, forming a triangle of love. When the corpse of the aspirant actress 'Elizabeth Short (I)' is found mutilated, Lee becomes obsessed to solve the case called by the press Black Dahlia. Meanwhile, Bucky's investigation leads him to a Madeleine Linscott, the daughter of a powerful and wealthy constructor that resembles the Black Dahlia. In an environment of corruption and lies, Bucky discloses hidden truths.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Brian De Palma
Production: Universal Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 12 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
121 min

I got to get back in shape.



I'd like you to meet Kay Lake.

- Hello.

- Hello.

You beefing up?

You know.

I was just telling Kay here

about our new hobby.

Are you a fight fan,

Miss Lake?

No, Lee used to drag me.

I was taking art classes,

so I'd sketch.

She made me quit fighting

the smokers.

Didn't want me doing

the "Vegetable Shuffle."

I promise not to hurt you.

That won't make Loew

very happy.

Oh, he's got money on me?

Seems that way.

You win, you get Warrants.

What's in it for you?

Well, betting works both ways.

My girl's got a taste

for nice things

and I can't afford to

let her down.

Right, babe?

Keep talking about me

in third person.

It sends me.

What do you think of all this,

Miss Lake?

Well, for civic reasons, I hope the LAPD

is ridiculed for perpetrating this farce.

For personal reasons,

I hope Lee wins.

And, for aesthetic reasons, I hope you

both look good with your shirts off.


Guten Tag, Dwight.

English, Papa.

Hey, you haven't finished

this plane yet.

Can you finish that?

Here, sit down.

If you could just come by

and clean the place up,

keep an eye on him

for a week or so.

I know I still owe you.

Guess what I hear is right.

You'll want to place this

with Mickey Cohen's indie.

He's got Blanchard, 2-1.

That confident, huh?

You done your homework?

Yeah. I've done my homework.

I'm not betting on me, Pete.

Blanchard's the hero here.

That's the way

the story's supposed to go.

I'm just the other guy.

Well, at least he looks good

with his shirt off.

Where's your sketchpad?

I was never any good.

Ended up with a Master's

in History.


an expensive habit.

Lee paid for it.

He shouldn't have

quit fighting.

I asked him to.

Besides, police work

gives him a sense of order.

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Josh Friedman

Josh Friedman (born 1967) is an American screenwriter best known as writer of the TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and the 2005 film adaptation of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds. Friedman also publishes the blog "I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing". After being offered an opportunity to work on a script titled Snakes on a Plane, Friedman posted a blog entry that sparked interest in the film on the Internet before the movie entered production. The same entry introduced a profane line that was added to the film when the cast reconvened in March 2006 to shoot additional footage. On August 1, 2013 he was announced as co-screenwriter of Avatar 2 with James Cameron. He is a kidney cancer survivor. more…

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