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Note sure it was the Production Code that 'required' Paramount to ask Chandler to change the ending of The Blue Dahlia.    

This is from Wiki (but it doesn't say one way or the other):  "The problem was the ending. Originally, Chandler intended the killer to be Buzz having a blackout. However, the Navy did not want a serviceman to be portrayed as a murderer, and Paramount told Chandler that he had to come up with a new ending".

Based on this it looks like Paramount just wished to appease the Navy: E.g.  WWII just ended.   So maybe,  Paramount, like all studios,  would need assistance from the Navy and other service branches with future WWII centric war films and decided to accommodate the Navy's request.

 

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16 minutes ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

Note sure it was the Production Code that 'required' Paramount to ask Chandler to change the ending of The Blue Dahlia.    

This is from Wiki (but it doesn't say one way or the other):  "The problem was the ending. Originally, Chandler intended the killer to be Buzz having a blackout. However, the Navy did not want a serviceman to be portrayed as a murderer, and Paramount told Chandler that he had to come up with a new ending".

Based on this it looks like Paramount just wished to appease the Navy: E.g.  WWII just ended.   So maybe,  Paramount, like all studios,  would need assistance from the Navy and other service branches with future WWII centric war films and decided to accommodate the Navy's request.

Thanks. That does seem like the more plausible reason for the revised ending. They compromised, when they shouldn't have. The story falls apart at the end because they have to come up with another culprit. 

THE OCTOBER MAN, which has a somewhat different narrative, doesn't make those types of compromises. We go on a journey with John Mills' character, from insanity back to sanity. It's a deeper exploration of the post-traumatic stress he experiences after the war, and after a near-fatal bus accident. Like THE BLUE DAHLIA there is also a murder, and Mills is the primary suspect.

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