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Hard-Boiled HollywoodCrime and Punishment in Postwar Los Angeles$
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Jon Lewis

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520284319

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520284319.001.0001

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The Real Estate of Crime

The Real Estate of Crime

The Black Dahlia Dumped by the Side of the Road

(p.11) Chapter 1 The Real Estate of Crime
Hard-Boiled Hollywood

Jon Lewis

University of California Press

Elizabeth Short (AKA the Black Dahlia) arrived in Los Angeles filled with aspiration and hope, seduced by a Hollywood narrative fixed in the glamorous studio era. What she didn’t know – what she and so many other Hollywood aspirants and wannabes like her could not possibly have known – was how quickly and systematically the movie business would be transformed and scaled down in the years to come. Short has become the most notorious but hardly the only casualty of an industry and city in transition after the war.

Keywords:   Black Dahlia, Elizabeth Short, True crime, Red lipstick killer, Beulah Louise Overell, The Newport Harbor murders, Unsolved murders, Movieland (Hollywood) murders

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