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"The Blue Dahlia" - Film Noir at Loew's Jersey

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Event title "The Blue Dahlia" - Film Noir at Loew's Jersey
Beginning Date Sunday April 16th, 2017 PM 6:30
Ending Date Sunday April 16th, 2017 PM 8:00
Location Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre
Contact Colin Egan
Description Starring Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix, Howard Da Silva. Directed by George Marshall. 1946 96mins B&W In 35mm.

This neat, fast-paced perfectly cast film noir is among the best of its genre – and unique in one very notable way: Though many of Raymond Chandler's books were turned into films (such as “Murder My Sweet” and “The Big Sleep”) and he himself adapted other writers' novels into screenplays (“Double Indemnity”, “Strangers on a Train”), “The Blue Dahlia” is the only work that he wrote directly for the screen. No surprise, then, that the film is laden with the fast-paced dialogue, grim wit, disillusioned attitude, hard-boiled men, and mysterious women that were Chandler's hallmarks.

Alan Ladd plays Johnny Morrison, who returns from the War to find his wife Helen having a party and in the arms of another man. Johnny and Helen have a terrible fight, and she is later found dead. Pursued by the cops, and never sure if he is being set-up, Johnny enlists the aid of a woman (Veronica Lake) who is the ex-wife of Helen's lover. Ladd and Lake were paired in seven successful films in the 1940s, and always played off of each other’s strengths well (not to mention, both were rather diminutive in height, and so were literally a perfect fit on screen) but they were never better together than here: he is at his steely, no-nonsense best, and she is, as always, the perfect femme-fatale – intoxicatingly seductive but with a sharp edge of mystery. Nicely directed by George Marshall, who remarkably was most known for comedies, the film moves with great pace to an exciting, satisfying conclusion. This was John Houseman's first success as a Hollywood producer; he was previously known for his stage productions, starting with his work with Orson Welles. And Chandler was nominated for a second Academy Award for best screenplay (his first was “Double Indemnity”).

$8 Adults; $6 Seniors & Kids. Combo pricing for seeing more than one film in a weekend series. Also being shown in this series: "Murder, My Sweet" April 21 at 8PM, and "Body Heat" April 22 8:30PM.

The Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre at 54 JSQ is directly across JFK Blvd from the JSQ PATH Station. Discount parking for Theatre patrons in Square Ramp Garage located on Magnolia Ave. off of Tonnelle Ave. behind the Loew’s. (201) 798-6055

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