Vintage Slides of the Black Dahlia? Probably Not

Mystery film slide via EBay
A scan of one of the transparencies being offered on EBay. This is from an unidentified Western.

A vendor has listed a lot of about 500 transparencies that were owned by a “Hollywood filmmaker.” A bit of research indicates that these probably belonged to Jack Greenhalgh, a prolific cinematographer who worked on such low-budget pictures as “Hollywood Barndance” and the immortal “Robot Monster.”

Of particular interest is two images  — not shown in the EBay listing — that the vendor says show Elizabeth Short as an extra in a film that is in all probability “Adventure Island”  with Rory Calhoun and Rhonda Fleming, which was filmed on Santa Catalina Island in September 1946 and released in 1947. In all my years of research, I have never heard anything about Elizabeth Short ever setting foot in front of a movie camera, although she was in Los Angeles at the time.

Adventure Island” via

Bidding starts at $9,999.99. As with anything on EBay, an item and vendor should be evaluated thoroughly before submitting a bid.

About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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5 Responses to Vintage Slides of the Black Dahlia? Probably Not

  1. mandymarie20 says:

    Sounds like a money grab to me. The images shown definitely aren’t Short.


  2. Joe Sanchez says:

    I watched Adventure Island. Thanks.


  3. Bob Steele (here playing the unfortunately named Stormy Storm!) in the buckboard with Jean Carlin in ‘Six Gun Man’ (1946)? maybe.


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