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

Mr. Fire versus Mr. Ice.

For everything people were

making it out to be

you'd think

it was our first fight.

It wasn't.

And it wouldn't be our last.

And, in local news,

violence between servicemen and

zoot-suiters reached a new level tonight

after the wives of two sailors

were criminally attacked.

An order listing Los Angeles

as a restricted area

has not deterred the fighting,

but the Los Angeles Police

Department assures the public

that it has the situation

completely under control.

Hey, sawbuck on the private

chasing that skinny one over there!

Come on, private!

Come on, private!

That spic's quick!

Jesus Christ!

Double or nothing on that greaser! You're on!


I already knew him

by reputation,

record down pat.

A regular attraction at the

Hollywood Legion Stadium.

Lee Blanchard.



And he knew me,

Dwight "Bucky" Bleichert.

Light heavy,

by Ring Magazine.

Fighting no-name opponents

in a no-man's-land division.

Get out of here!

Hey, get back there.

In our first year

at Central Division Station

we never spoke.

To the Halls of Tripoli,


Who's this?

Officer Bleichert,

meet Seor Tomas Dos Santos.

You came all the way down

here just to roust some Class B felon?

Came down here, same as you,

to keep from getting killed.

Happened to see some jarheads

beating on a good collar.

I'll take him in the morning.

This is nuts.

We'll never get him

booked tonight.

That's a nice left hook

you got.


Well, you know, old habits.


My girlfriend saw you fight a

couple of times over at the Olympic.

Said you were good.

Said you were somebody.

Big fish, small pond.

Never made it up to the

big boys' division like you.

My first 20 fights

were stumblebums

handpicked by my manager.

Lucky to survive.

There's a Jew-boy Deputy D.A.

over in Central Warrants,

wets his pants for fighters,

and he promised me

the next spot he can wangle.

Warrants was

local celebrity as a cop.

Warrants was chasing

real criminals

not rousting winos and wienie waggers

in front of some Midnight Mission.

Hey, Bleichert.


They want to see you upstairs.

The D.A.'s office.

Jew-boy D.A.'s

with hard-ons for fighters.

Transfers, promotions...

Officer Bleichert.

Back then,

I told myself I didn't care.

Gentlemen, Bucky Bleichert.


this is Chief Ted Green.

Nice to meet you.

Deputy District Attorney

Ellis Loew.

Read that out loud, Dwight.

That's running

in the Sunday Times.

"Before the war,

the City of Angels

"was graced

with two local fighters,

"pugilists with styles

as different as fire and ice.

"Lee Blanchard..."

Excuse me.

"Mr. Fire and Mr. Ice

never fought each other

"but duty brought them to the

Los Angeles Police Department.

"Blanchard cracked the Boulevard-Citizens

Bank robbery case in 1939

"and captured thrill-killer,

Tomas Dos Santos.

"Bleichert served with distinction

during the Zoot Suit Wars."

Jump to the end.

Right, boss.

"On Election Day, voters are going

to be asked to vote on a bond proposal

"to upgrade

the LAPD's equipment

"and provide for an 8%

pay raise for all personnel.

"Keep in mind the examples

of Mr. Fire and Mr. Ice.

"Vote 'Yes' on Proposition B."

What do you think?


Prop B's a loser right now,

but I think if we can

drum up some publicity

we can get it passed

in next month's election.

- Yes, sir.

- Fire and Ice.

Ten rounds, Academy Gym, three

weeks from now, before the election,

all gate to charity.

After that, we bring back

the boxing team.

What do you say, Bucky?

You in?

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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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