The Blue Dahlia

Dir. George Marshall (1946). This postwar noir, based on an original screenplay by Raymond Chandler, stars Alan Ladd as a war veteran who returns home and finds his wife unfaithful—and murdered—and he's accused of the crime. Ladd does a bang-up job in this stylish thriller. It's being shown as part of a special event—"Chandleresque: Raymond Chandler on film and television"—which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the great crime writer's death and includes an illustrated talk by Adrian Wooton chronicling Changler's life and career.
Wed., Sept. 30, 9 p.m., 2009

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