The Black Dahlia

Release Year: 2006
Role: Kay Lake
Director: Brian De Palma
Writing Credits: James Ellroy (novel), Josh Friedman (screenplay)
Tagline: n/a
Co-Stars: Josh Hartnett, Judith Benezra, Aaron Eckhart, Troy Evans, William Finley
Genre: Crime/Drama/Mystery/Thriller
Country USA
Rating: ?
Runtime: ?
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The Black Dahlia is set in 1940s Los Angeles. Two cops, Bucky Bleichert (Josh Hartnett) and his partner, Lee Blanchard, investigate the death of Elizabeth Short, a young woman found brutally murdered. Bucky soon realizes that his girlfriend had ties to the deceased, and soon after that, he begins uncovering corruption and conspiracy within the police department.

  • David Fincher had originally planned to direct.
  • Mark Wahlberg had initially signed on to play Lee Blanchard opposite Josh Hartnett, but scheduling conflicts with The Italian Job II (2006) prevented him from taking part.
  • James Ellroy's book was based in part on the true story of the murder of Elizabeth Short, an aspiring actress who'd moved to Hollywood in the late 1940s from Medford, Massachusetts. A drifter and hanger-on who never managed to break into films she disappeared sometime around the beginning of January 1947. On 15 January 1947 her horribly mutilated corpse was found in an empty lot in South Central Los Angeles. Her murderer was never publicly identified or apprehended.