And the black dahlia often steps over that line with a steady build up of noir conventions the film hearkens to the expressionistic film and acting styles of the 40s a style which can induce giggles in audiences raised on irony. The black dahlia elizabeth short mug shots and fingerprint on the morning of january 15 1947 a mother taking her child for a walk in a los angeles neighborhood stumbled upon a gruesome sight . The black dahlia murder by the mid 1940s elizabeth short was living in los angeles california working as a waitress to support herself while dreaming of catching her big break into hollywoods . The newspapers nicknamed her the black dahlia after a film noir murder mystery the blue dahlia which was released nine months prior to her murder the los angeles police department proceeded with a deep and lengthy investigation into elizabeth shorts death
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