Monday, November 29, 2021

Arlene Dahl Has Died at 96

Beautiful actress Arlene Dahl has passed away. She died Monday, November 30, at the age of 96.

Dahl was born in Minnesota on August 11, 1925.

Her career included a few years at MGM where she appeared in a variety of genres including comedies, crime films, Westerns, and musicals; one of her most notable credits was THREE LITTLE WORDS (1950) with Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen, and Red Skelton.

I particularly liked a pair of Westerns she made at MGM, AMBUSH (1950) with Robert Taylor...

...and THE OUTRIDERS (1950) with Barry Sullivan and Joel McCrea.

Outside of her MGM work I particularly liked Anthony Mann's "French Revolution noir" REIGN OF TERROR (1949), also known as THE BLACK BOOK, seen here with costar Robert Cummings:

She was also excellent as Rhonda Fleming's troubled sister in SLIGHTLY SCARLET (1956). Fleming passed away a little over a year ago at the age of 97.

Dahl was also a writer and an entrepreneur who sold beauty products.

Dahl is survived by her husband and three children, including her son, actor Lorenzo Lamas, best known for FALCON CREST (1981-90).

It's always very sad when a classic era actor passes from the scene, but I'm grateful she's left behind such an enjoyable body of work which will entertain us for as long as we have movies.

Reviews of Arlene Dahl films at Laura's Miscellaneous Musings: MY WILD IRISH ROSE (1947), REIGN OF TERROR (1949), SCENE OF THE CRIME (1949), AMBUSH (1950), THE OUTRIDERS (1950), NO QUESTIONS ASKED (1951), SANGAREE (1953), WOMAN'S WORLD (1954), and SLIGHTLY SCARLET (1956).

Update: Here's a link to a TCM Remembers video tribute to Arlene Dahl. The network will honor her with an eight-film tribute on February 11, 2022.

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Blogger Caftan Woman said...

I can hear her lovely singing of I Loce You So Much from Three Little Words ringing in my head. Quite a lady!

5:19 AM  
Blogger DKoren said...

Awww, sad news, but a good long life! She will always be Carla to me, from Journey to the Center of the Earth. RIP.

8:33 AM  
Blogger JeffZanker said...

Have you seen Journey To The Center Of The Earth? It's quite amusing and worth a watch.

7:13 PM  
Blogger Vienna said...

Such sad news. I have my memory of seeing her in person singing ‘I love You So Much’ at a concert in London. She was wonderful. And I echo DKoren, loved her in Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

1:04 AM  
Blogger Walter S. said...

Laura, a nice tribute to Arlene Dahl in pictures. She had a long life and she will continue to be with us through her performances in movies and tv shows. I think she was really good in SLIGHTLY SCARLET(filmed 1955, released 1956). Arlene and Rhonda Fleming actually looked like sisters.

The talented and beautiful ARLENE DAHL R.I.P.

2:52 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thank you all so very much for sharing your thoughts on this lovely actress.

Caftan Woman, I got the LP of THREE LITTLE WORDS as a teen and couldn't tell you how many times I've listened to Dahl singing "I Love You So Much." Vienna, how amazing you got to see her sing that very song in person!

Deb, Jeff, and Vienna, I haven't seen JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH yet! Definitely one for me to see.

Walter, I loved her in SLIGHTLY SCARLET! I agree, she and Fleming did look like sisters. I'm very glad I got to see it at the L.A. County Museum of Art -- one of the last of many, many films I saw at the Bing Theater there over the years.

Best wishes,

10:58 AM  

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