Movie Fact #831 – August 2nd, 2015:

The script for the 1946 film “The Blue Dahlia” was the first original script by screenwriter Raymond Chandler although it was no picnic writing.

Halfway through making the script, Chandler developed writers’ block. Now Chandler was a former alcoholic who’d become a teetotaler for health reasons but he decided that the only way he could get inspiration to finish the script was to get drunk.

In fact, Chandler had originally agreed to write the screenplay for nothing “as a favour” to the producer John Houseman. Ultimately, Chandler asked for a case of scotch as full payment. As a result, Chandler drank heavily for several weeks and, at the end of that time, presented the finished script.

Alcoholism is no laughing matter but, apparently for Chandler, neither was leaving “The Blue Dahlia” script unfinished.

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