The movie is about a GI, who comes home to a wife that is basically an alcoholic and is a loose woman. Well she ends up dead so it's up to her husband to find out who murdered her even if they were on bad terms.
The movie is an intriguing movie, it's one of those dark whodunits where every is hiding something and nobody wants to talk. Ladd goes in the underbelly of LA to clear his name and like he says in the movie, he may not have gotten along with his wife but he wasn't going to let anyone get away with her murder. His wife, she hung out with some crooks and herself, she didn't mind blackmailing to get money either. So throughout the movie anyone could have wanted to bump her off.
While for me, Lake and Ladd's best movie together is "The Glass Key," "The Blue Dahlia," by no means is a bad movie but actually, it's more of William Bendix's movie. His character, is a G.I. who gets hurt and isn't the same from it. His paranoia, sadness, happiness, and madness changes rapidly. The acting is top-notch with these three together and a great role for Bendix that shows his acting ability.
It's a grim movie that never stops being intriguing. A nice fast pace movie that is a good vehicle movie for all three main actors. Veronica Lake wasn't s hard-edged dame but still memorable though, Bendix wasn't a gangster's thug, but Ladd the same character, the man trying to the solve murder. Not a bad thing for Ladd though.
Overall noir fans can probably agree this is a 4 star picture. What works for it, is it's fast pace, gritty, and has a good cast.