The Hollywood Sign in Movies

The Hollywood Sign was built in 1923 but it did not make its debut in a movie until 51 years later. It first appeared in 1974 in the movie Earthquake Starring Charlton Heston and Ava Gardner.

Here are the known movies that the Hollywood Sign appeared in.

Earthquake (1974)Earthquake (1974)
Cast: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner.
Director: Mark Robson.

Construction Engineer Stuart Graff is estranged from his jealously possessive wife, Remy, and has an affair with Denise Marshall, the widow of a co-worker. Meanwhile, Remy tries to persuade her father, Sam Royce, who is Stuart's employer, to use his influence to stop Stuart from seeing Denise. Rogue policeman Lew Slade is suspended from the L.A.P.D. for having punched an obtuse officer from another jurisdiction. Embittered, Slade contemplates quitting the police force. Jody, a perverted grocery store manager, lusts after Rosa Amici, sister of Sal, the assistant to Miles Quade, an aspiring daredevil motor cyclist. The lives of all these people are devastated when a major earthquake rips through Los Angeles and reduces the city to ruins. (Source IMDB)

Hollywood Sign Appearance
Rocked by a monster quake, the Sign’s letters topple down Mt. Lee, one by one. The idea was to shock viewers with a realistic image of a familiar monument’s destruction, which, in a sense, was an important validation of the Sign’s pop culture significance. Since then, the Sign’s destruction has been used time and again by filmmakers to bring home the devastation of major natural (and, as we’ll see, supernatural) catastrophes. (Source:

Day of the Locust (1975)Day of the Locust (1975)
Cast: Donald Sutherland, Karen Black
Director: John Schlesinger

Tod Hackett, fresh out of Yale, wants to make it as an art director in late 1930's Hollywood - but he finds himself increasingly distracted by his new neighbor Faye, a would-be starlet with possible designs of her own on a lonely, morose accountant. As Tod is drawn deeper into the lurid private lives of studio bosses and film industry workers, he gradually becomes desperate to know if Faye - or anyone - is capable of real love. (Source IMDB)

Hollywood Sign Appearance
Based on the Nathanael West's dark satire of Hollywood, the movie features a scene where a tour guide at the base of the sign recounts how "Camille McRae, 1929 Clam Queen of Pismo Beach" leapt to her death from "the great H" in 1932.  McRae's story refers to that of Peg Entwistle, a dispirited would-be starlet who actually did commit suicide in 1932 by jumping off of the "H." (Source:

SupermanSuperman (1978)
Cast: Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, Marlon Brando
Director: Richard Donner

March 1938. A child on Earth reads a comic book about the Daily Planet, the largest newspaper in the city of Metropolis. But as the child reads, events are transpiring on a planet six galaxies distant. Orbiting around a gigantic red sun is the planet Krypton, the home world of a highly-evolved race of humans bearing a unique molecular density and structure, a result of the planet's gravitational strength and the radiation of its crimson central star. The planet is ruled by a Council of Elders, each representing a particular "tribe" and bearing a chestal crest of that particular House. The planet's greatest scientist bears an S-shaped crest, the House of El. Jor-El is supervising the conviction of three criminals caught attempting to overthrow the planet's government - General Zod, the planet's former defense chief; his henchman Non, a hulking killer unable to speak; and Ursa, a woman determined to exterminate men other than the man she loves, Zod. The vast dome of the planet's capital city opens to the night, and an extra-dimensional pyramid - the Phantom Zone - tumbles out of the sky and absorbs the three criminals into an eternity in dimensional limbo through space.

But Jor-El's more pressing concern lies in the orbital shift of Krypton; this shift is putting the planet into the fatal gravitational pull of its central star, but this fact is blithely ignored by the Council Of Elders. The leader of the Council forbids Jor-El from warning the larger populace else he will be imprisoned in the Phantom Zone himself. Joe-El thus promises silence, but this will not stop him from constructing a crystalline starship for his infant son Kal-El. Joe-El's wife Lara, however, is concerned, for the starship is programmed to take the child through a trans-galactic warp to a planet populated by primitive humans millenia behind Krypton, a planet that orbits a yellow sun, a planet called Earth. Jor-El, however, understands that the planet's yellow sun will give Kal-El superhuman powers that will give him the advantage he needs to survive. With hearts heavy Joe-El and Lara bid their child goodbye before Joe-El installs a green spire into the ship, a spire containing the very essense of himself and Lara as well as the knowledge of the entire universe. He then completes the assembly of the starship - just as the planet is pulled into a fatal plunge toward its red sun. The starship is launched and escapes the system scant minutes before the planet is torn open, collides with its central star, and both bodies are obliterated in a holocaust of fire and debris.

The tiny starship passes the Phantom Zone before accelerating to begin its journey to the planet Earth, with the voice of Jor-El providing the infant, who is aging as the ship proceeds, with knowledge. The ship finally reaches Earth in the year 1941 A.D. and plunges like a meteor into a vast wheat field near Smallville, Kansas - within sight of local farmers Jonathan and Martha Kent. Upon seeing the meteor the Kents discover the now-three-year-old Kal-El, draped in a red robe; Martha, believing the child is a gift from God, decides to adopt him, and the child demonstrates that he is different when he innocently lifts up Jonathan's truck with his bare hands. The Kents and the child drive off, leaving behind the meteor in which is the green spire of Jor-El.

Some fifteen years pass and the child, named Clark, is a student at Smallville High School who is shy and frequently bullied by star jock Brad. Clark knows of the vast power he possesses but is forbidden by his father from showing it - although, alone on a football field, he kicks a ball into orbit, then runs home by outrunning a train, and is seen by a young girl who tries to tell her parents; her mother, howerver, scolds young Lois Lane about telling tall tales.

Clark returns home as Brad and other students drive by, surprised that he arrived home so quickly. Jonathan, however, reassures Clark that he is on Earth for a reason and that he should not let others bother him. Clark thus feels better, but as he starts to play with the family dog, Jonathan suddenly stops, quivering in fear. He then falls to the ground, victim of a heart attack. After Jonathan's burial the grieving Clark blames himself, for with all his powers he couldn't even save his own father.

Some time later Clark is awakened early one morning by a mysterious noise, emanating from the barn. Clark enters the barn and finds the remains of the meteor, and with it the now-activated spire of Jor-El. A few days later Clark tells his mother that he must leave, and head north. Martha, having known this day would come, urges her son to always remember, and the tearful Clark vows to do just that as they embrace for one final time.

Days later Clark reaches the very summit of the world, the North Pole, where he takes the green spire and throws it miles distant, where it melts into the ice and begins construction of a gigantic crystalline fortress, a Fortress of Solitude. Inside Clark finds a matrix table of crystals; placing one into an aperture, he activates a dimensional communicator that reveals the spirit of Jor-El, his true father. Jor-El provides the youth with his true identity of Kal-El and takes his son on a journey through time and space to complete his maturation, educating him on the universe and on his purpose in life. When the journey ends, Kal-El has aged twelve years to the age of 30, although in the time-twisting of inter-dimensional travel the Earth has aged 22 years to the year 1978 A.D. Kal-El is now clad in a red-and-blue costume with red cape and bearing the crest of the House Of El, ready to fulfill his purpose of protecting his new homeworld in the memory of Krypton. (Source IMDB)

Hollywood Sign Appearance
During a series of scenes depicting worldwide destruction, the Sign leans precariously during an earthquake – quickly communicating that Los Angeles/the West Coast is part of the devastation. (Source:

1941 (1979)1941 (1979)
Cast: John Belushi, Treat Williams
Director: Steven Spielberg

It's been six days since the attack on Pearl Harbor. Panic grips California, supposedly the next target of the Japanese forces. Everywhere in California, people are suffering from war nerves. Chaos erupts all over the state. An Army Air Corps Captain, a civilian with a deranged sense of Nationalism, civilian defenders, and a Motor Pool crew all end up on the trail of a lost Japanese sub that has picked Hollywood as their own target. Will these people be able to defend their homes? Will they be able to preserve the safety in California? Will they be able to get a hold of themselves? (Source IMDB)

Hollywood Sign Appearance
1941 is one of two movies that offer humorous alternate explanations as to how the “LAND” portion of the Sign was removed. Here the culprit is a psychotic, trigger-happy P-40 pilot, "Wild Bill" Kelso, played by John Belushi. (Source:

The Wizard of Speed and Time (1989)The Wizard of Speed and Time (1989)
Cast: Mike Jittlov, Richard Kage
Director: Mike Jittlov

A Hollywood filmmaker (Mike Jittlov) makes a short for an evil film studio. Unbeknownest to him, the producer has placed a bet of $25,000 that he won't come up with anything with a use. Luckily, our film creator gets the help of his friends (Source IMDB)

Hollywood Sign Appearance
This feature-length adaptation of the cult classic short film offers one of the most creative uses of the Sign to date, as a futuristic technology transforms "HOLLYWOOD" into "WHOLLY ODD." … Now why didn’t CalTech think of that? (Source:

Bugsy (1991)Bugsy (1991)
Cast: Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Ben Kingsley
Director: Barry Levinson

New York gangster Ben 'Bugsy' Siegel takes a brief business trip to Los Angeles. A sharp-dressing womaniser with a foul temper, Siegel doesn't hesitate to kill or maim anyone crossing him. In L.A. the life, the movies, and most of all strong-willed Virginia Hill detain him while his family wait back home. Then a trip to a run-down gambling joint at a spot in the desert known as Las Vegas gives him his big idea. (Source IMDB)

Hollywood Sign Appearance
Depicted in its original "Hollywoodland" form, the Sign is used to efficiently communicate place (Los Angeles) and time (relatively early in the 20th century) during an establishing scene in the film. (Source:

Career Opportunities (1991)Career Opportunities (1991)
Cast: Jennifer Connelly, Frank Whaley, Dermot Mulroney
Director: John Hughes

Tod Hackett, fresh out of Yale, wants to make it as an art director in late 1930's Hollywood - but he finds himself increasingly distracted by his new neighbor Faye, a would-be starlet with possible designs of her own on a lonely, morose accountant. As Tod is drawn deeper into the lurid private lives of studio bosses and film industry workers, he gradually becomes desperate to know if Faye - or anyone - is capable of real love. (Source IMDB)

Hollywood Sign Appearance
The film’s epilogue features Frank Whaley as Jim. As he reads a book, he fantasizes that the Sign's letters transform to read "Jimwood." (Source:

The Rocketeer (1991)The Rocketeer (1991)
Cast: Bill Campbell, Jennifer Connelly
Director: Joe Johnson

n 1938, in Los Angeles, the pilot Cliff Secord crashes his plane after being hit in the air in a shoot-out between gangsters and FBI agents in a car chase; completely broken, his best friend and mechanics A. 'Peevy' Peabody tries to fix an old plane to raise some money in an exhibition show. However, Cliff finds a package hidden by one of the gangsters with a rocket with belts and they find that the device allows man to fly. Meanwhile, his beloved girlfriend and aspirant actress Jenny Blake succeeds in an audition to make a small part in a movie of the great actor Neville Sinclair that is ranked the third in box-offices. During a flight exhibition, the mechanic Malcolm (Eddie Jones) has an accident, and Cliff uses the rocket to save him, being called Rocketeer by the public. With his picture in the front page of the newspaper, Cliff is chased by the FBI, the gangsters and German spies that abduct Jenny and forces Cliff to rescue her. (Source IMDB)

Hollywood Sign Appearance
The film offers the other alternate explanation for the loss of the “LAND” portion of the Sign: Villain Neville Sinclair (Dalton) crashes into them with a faulty rocketpack. Whatever else she achieves during her career, Jennifer Connelly will almost certainly go down as the only actor/actress to star alongside the Sign in two films in the same year. (Source:

Demolition Man(1993)Demolition Man(1993)
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes
Director: Marco Brambilla

John Spartan and his nemisis Simon Phoenix are imprisoned in cryogenic stasis. While in deep freeze John's brain is filled with a love of knitting while Simon gains knowledge in computers, weapons and fighting techniques. The police force of the future is incapable of apprehending Simon after he escapes and the department is forced to wake John. He must find his way in the totally different world he has awoken in while at the same time trying to find and capture Simon once and for all. (Source IMDB)

Hollywood Sign Appearance
Again, the Sign is used to establish setting - in this case, a dystopian, violence-wracked future Los Angeles.(Source:

Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
Cast: Cary Elwes, Richard Lewis, Dave Chappelle
Director: Mel Brooks

The standard story of Robin Hood: Evil Prince John is oppressing the people while good King Richard is away on the Crusades. Robin steals from the tax collectors, wins an archery contest, defeats the Sheriff, and rescues Maid Marian. In this version, however, Mel Brooks adds his own personal touch, parodying traditional adventure films, romance films, and the whole idea of men running around the woods in tights. (Source IMDB)

Hollywood Sign Appearance
There’s a hilarious scene in which Robin Hood arrives at the coast of England. How do we know? A giant Hollywood Sign-style sign spells out “ENGLAND” on the distant hillside. It was the Sign’s first comedic role … but not its last. (Source:

Ed Wood (1994)Ed Wood (1994)
Cast: Johnny Depp, Sara Jessica Parker, Martin Landau
Director: Tim Burton

You are interested in the unknown. The mysterious. The unexplainable. That is why you are here. And now, for the first time, we are bringing to you the full story of what happened, on that fateful day. We are giving you all the evidence, based only on a secret testimony, of the miserable souls, who survived this terrifying ordeal. The incidents, the places. My friend, we cannot keep this a secret any longer. Can your heart stand the shocking facts about Edward D. Wood, Jr? (Source IMDB)

Hollywood Sign Appearance
The Sign is featured during the first and final shots of the film as part of a wide-angle pan. The purposefully artificial-looking, miniaturized depiction of Hollywood serves as the perfect introduction to Wood's world.(Source:

Escape from L.A. (1996)Escape from L.A. (1996)
Cast: Kurt Russell, Peter Fonda, A.J. Langer
Director: John Carpenter

The year is 2013 and Snake Plissken is back but this time it's L.A., which through the agency of earthquakes has become an island of the damned. But something has gone wrong in this new moral order, because the President's daughter has absconded to L.A. with a detonation device, and Snake is commandeered to retrieve it. But just below the surface there is a coiled Snake ready to strike. (Source IMDB)

Hollywood Sign Appearance
This barbed satire of L.A. (and, in turn, American) pop culture features a shot of the Sign with the Hollywood hills on fire in the background –a poignant image of just how badly things have gone in Los Angeles’ future as imagined by Carpenter. (Source:

Volcano (1997)Volcano (1997)
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Heche
Director: Mike Jackson

In the city of Los Angeles, it is nice quiet and routine. Until an earthquake occurred. The director of the city's emergency management, Michael Roark believes that something is big is about to happen, so he finds a geologist named Amy Barnes to help him investigate. What they will realize that the earthquake is a sign of a volcano forming in the city. The volcano formed at the La Brea Tarpits. Now Roark has to use every resource in the city to stop the volcano from consuming Los Angeles. (Source IMDB)

Hollywood Sign Appearance
Remarkably, the Sign is spared. It is, however, the compositional centerpiece of a shot featuring a tower (in the foreground) that's knocked over to dam a river of molten lava. (Source:

Orgazmo (1997)Orgazmo (1997)
Cast: Trey Parker, Dian Bechar
Director: Trey Parker

Joe Young was a simple young man trying to spread the word of the Book of Mormon when he picked the wrong house to preach at! The owner, a porn director named Maxxx Orbison, tells his henchmen to kill the guy at the door who interrupted their scene, but Joe fights off the guards with great skill, which impresses Maxxx so much that he offers Joe the lead role in the movie he's making at the moment: Orgazmo, which is about a sex superhero who fights crime with his Orgazmorator and ChodaBoy, his sidekick. Joe, against his beliefs, takes the job so that he can pay for the wedding he plans for he and his fiancee, who he doesn't tell about his risque new acting job. However, when the movie becomes an amazing hit just about everywhere and he finds out that Ben (ChodaBoy) has created a real Orgazmorator, Joe is in some serious hot water! (Source IMDB)

Hollywood Sign Appearance
This comedy about a naïve young Mormon missionary who's recruited to star in a sci-fi porn movie opens with a prominent shot of the Sign, under which the humorously obvious title card "Hollywood, U.S.A." fades up. (Source:

Day of the Locust (1975)Bean (1997)
Cast: Rowan Atkinson, Peter MacNicol, Burt Reynolds
Director: Mel Smith

Bean works as a caretaker at Britain's formidable Royal National Gallery, and his bosses want to fire him because he sleeps at work all the time, but can't because the chairman of the gallery's board defends him. They send him to USA, to the small Los Angeles art gallery instead, where he'll have to officiate at the opening of the greatest US picture ever (called "Whistler's Mother"). (Source IMDB)

Hollywood Sign Appearance
The Sign's comedy calvacade continues. … Actually, the Sign isn’t featured in the film itself, but it’s the focus of a promotional poster. In the poster, Bean (Atkinson) proudly marches down Hollywood Blvd. with a giant "O" under his arm. In the background, we can clearly see the Sign – which now reads "HOLLYWO D." (Source:

The Truman Show (1998)The Truman Show (1998)
Cast: Jim Carrey, Lara Linney
Director: Peter Weir

In this movie, Truman is a man whose life is a fake one... The place he lives is in fact a big studio with hidden cameras everywhere, and all his friends and people around him, are actors who play their roles in the most popular TV-series in the world: The Truman Show. Truman thinks that he is an ordinary man with an ordinary life and has no idea about how he is exploited. Until one day... he finds out everything. Will he react? (Source IMDB)

Hollywood Sign Appearance
The film is about a man who discovers that what he thought was his life is, in fact, a TV show. His existential crisis is punctuated by a shot revealing that his hometown ("Seahaven") is actually a set built inside of an enormous dome … located just north of the Hollywood Sign. (Source:

Mighty Joe Young (1998)Mighty Joe Young (1998)
Cast: Bill Paxton, Charlize Theron
Director: Ron Underwood

The baby gorilla left in her care grows up to become a hugely tall and broad specimen by the name of Joe, living in the mountains as a mostly unseen legend among people who live there. Along comes an eco-minded emissary from a California sanctuary, who talks the jungle girl into providing safe haven for Joe at the L.A. facility. The transition is not without discomfort, but everything is aggravated via a conspiracy of poachers to get Joe into their own greedy hands! (Source IMDB)

Hollywood Sign Appearance
The Sign is once again destroyed, but at least it's in an interesting way. "Joe," the giant, enraged gorilla, picks up an "O" and hurls it at his attackers. (Source:

RKO 281 (1999)RKO 281 (1999)
Cast: Live Schriebner, James Cromwell, Melanie Griffith
Director: Benjamin Ross

Coming to Hollywood as a celebrated boy genius featuring a spectacular career arc in New York including his "War of the Worlds" radio hoax, Orson Welles is stymied on the subject for his first film. After a dinner party at Hearst Castle, during which he has a verbal altercation with Hearst, Welles decides to do a movie about Hearst. It takes him some time to convince co-writer Herman Mankiewicz and the studio, but Welles eventually gets the script and the green light, keeping the subject very hush-hush with the press. When a rough cut is screened, Hearst gets wind of the movie's theme and begins a campaign to see that it is not only never publicly screened, but destroyed. (Source IMDB)

Hollywood Sign Appearance
The Sign (again depicted in its original "Hollywoodland" incarnation) serves as the perfect backdrop for this film about Orson Welle’s struggle to make "Citizen Kane." The film is accurate in that the "LAND" portion of the Sign, which wasn’t scrapped until 1949, would have been standing during the time of Citizen Kane’s filming (1940-41). Still, the Sign would have looked much worse for wear than it appears here. (Source:

Austin Powers in GoldmemberAustin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
Cast: Mike Meyers, Beyonce Knowles
Director: Jay Roach

He's found his mojo, baby, and now Austin Powers is back again in this shagadelic comedy-adventure! The "sshhh!" hits the fan when Dr. Evil and Mini-Me escape from prison. Joining forces with the superfreaky Goldmember, they kidnap Austin's father, master spy Nigel Powers, in a dastardly time-travel scheme to take over the world. Before you can say "Shake Your Booty," Austin cruises to 1975 and teams up with sexy Foxxy Cleopatra to stop Dr. Evil and Goldmember from their mischievous mayhem. (Source IMDB)

Hollywood Sign Appearance
Dr. Evil's secret lair was built into the hill behind the Sign … Talk about your glamorous digs. (Source:

The Italian Job (2003)The Italian Job (2003)
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton, Donald Sutherland
Director: F. Gary Gray

A gang of robbers, lead by career criminal Charlie Croker, create the largest traffic jam in Los Angeles history, giving them time to pull off a theft of gold bullion. They get away in their Mini Coopers, which are small enough to drive on sidewalks so they can make a clean get away before the traffic jam clears. (Source IMDB)

Hollywood Sign Appearance
The film's villain, Steve Frazelli (Norton) files past the sign to track a car chase below, adding an epic touch to the scene. (Source:

The Day After Tomorrow (2004)The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
Cast: Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal
Director: Roland Emmerich

This movie takes a big-budget, special-effects-filled look at what the world would look like if the greenhouse effect and global warming continued at such levels that they resulted in worldwide catastrophe and disaster, including multiple hurricanes, tornadoes, tidal waves, floods and the beginning of the next Ice Age. At the center of the story is a paleoclimatologist (a scientist who studies the ways weather patterns changed in the past), Professor Jack Hall (Quaid), who tries to save the world from the effects of global warming while also trying to get to his son, Sam (Gyllenhaal), who was in New York City as part of a scholastic competition, when the city was overwhelmed by the chilling beginnings of the new Ice Age. In addition to all of the other challenges Dr. Hall faces, he's also going against the flow as humanity races south to warmer climes, and he's nearly the only one going north... (Source IMDB)

Hollywood Sign Appearance
You KNOW the climate is getting weird when it’s a tornado, not an Earthquake, that knocks the Sign over – in this case, killing an innocent reporter who’s covering the freak storm from the street below. (Source:

Shrek 2 (2004)Shrek 2 (2004)
Cast: Mike Meyers, Eddie Murphy
Director: Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, Conrad Vernon

Shrek has rescued Princess Fiona, got married, and now is time to meet the parents. Shrek, Fiona and Donkey set off to Far, Far Away to meet Fiona's mother and father. But not everyone is happy. Shrek and the King find it hard to get along, and there's tension in the marriage. It's not just the family who are unhappy. Prince Charming returns from a failed attempt at rescuing Fiona, and works alongside his mother, the Fairy Godmother, to try and find a way to get Shrek away from Fiona. (Source IMDB)

Hollywood Sign Appearance
Our heroes arrive in a land far far away … as evidenced by a ridiculous “FAR FAR AWAY” Sign that’s similar in appearance to the Hollywood Sign. (Source:

Super Babies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004)Super Babies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004)
Cast: Jon Voight, Scott Baio
Director: Bob Clark

In this high-adventure sequel the baby geniuses find themselves at the center of a nefarious scheme led by powerful media mogul Bill Biscane. Joining the babies in their battle against evil is a legendary baby named Kahuna. Part ultra-cool spy, part superhero, Kahuna joins babies Archie, Finkleman, Alex and Rosita in a race against time to stop the villainous Biscane from using his state-of-the-art satellite system to control the minds of the world's population. (Source IMDB)

Hollywood Sign Appearance
The film's villain (an immortal baby who never ages) has a secret lair inside of the Sign’s "H." (Source:

10.5 (2004)10.5 (2004)
Cast: Beau Bridges, Kim Delaney
Director: John Lafia

An earthquake reaching a 10.5 magnitude on the Richter scale, strikes the west coast of the U.S. and Canada. A large portion of land falls into the ocean, and the situation is worsened by aftershocks and tsunami. (Source IMDB)

Hollywood Sign Appearance
This emmy-nominated TV movie depicts what would happen to Los Angeles in the event of a 10.5 earthquake. Given the magnitude of the quake, the damage isn’t that bad: Only one of the “L”s and a "W" go toppling over the hillside this time. Heck, the Sign probably looked worse circa 1976. (Source:

The Black Dahlia (2006)The Black Dahlia (2006)
Cast: Jim Carrey, Lara Linney
Director: Peter Weir

In 1946, the former boxers Dwight "Bucky" Bleichert and Lee Blanchard are policemen in Los Angeles. Lee has a good relationship with his chief and uses a box fight between them to promote the department and get a raise to the police force. They succeed and are promoted to homicide detectives, working together. Bucky becomes a close friend of Lee and his girlfriend Kay Lake, forming a triangle of love. When the corpse of the aspirant actress Elizabeth Short is found mutilated, Lee becomes obsessed to solve the case called by the press Black Dahlia. Meanwhile, Bucky's investigation leads him to a Madeleine Linscott, the daughter of a powerful and wealthy constructor that resembles the Black Dahlia. In an environment of corruption and lies, Bucky discloses hidden truths. (Source IMDB)

Hollywood Sign Appearance
The Sign, which at the of the film’s setting (1940) still read “HOLLYWOODLAND,” was near the site of the grisly “Black Dahlia” murder. It’s shown, accurately, with the "H" damaged, as it would have been before the Chamber of Commerce’s 1949 refurbishment. (Source: