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“Oscar® Noir” Picks “The Blue Dahlia”

Source: OSCARS.ORG

Beverly Hills, CA— “The Blue Dahlia” (1946), starring Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake as a veteran accused of murder and the woman who comes to his aid, will be screened as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' series “Oscar Noir: 1940s Writing Nominees from Hollywood's Dark Side” on Monday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The film will be introduced by screenwriter Wesley Strick (“True Believer,” “Cape Fear”).

Raymond Chandler penned the film's original screenplay, which earned him his second Academy Award® nomination.

At 7 p.m. noir cartoon short “Donald's Crime” (1945), starring Donald Duck, and the episode “Boomerang” from the 1941 serial “Adventures of Captain Marvel” will be screened as part of the evening's pre-feature program.

“Oscar Noir” is a summer-long series featuring 15 film noir classics from the 1940s, all of which were nominated in writing categories. Including “The Blue Dahlia,” there are seven screenings remaining in the series. A complete list of films can be found at http://www.oscars.org/events-exhibitions/events/2010/noir.html.

Tickets to individual evenings are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. They may be purchased online at www.oscars.org, by mail, in person at the Academy during regular business hours or, depending on availability, on the night of the screening when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.

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