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Laura (1944)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | November 1944 (USA)
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A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating.



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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lancaster Corey (scenes deleted)


Detective Mark McPherson investigates the killing of Laura, found dead on her apartment floor before the movie starts. McPherson builds a mental picture of the dead girl from the suspects whom he interviews. He is helped by the striking painting of the late lamented Laura hanging on her apartment wall. But who would have wanted to kill a girl with whom every man she met seemed to fall in love? To make matters worse, McPherson finds himself falling under her spell too. Then one night, halfway through his investigations, something seriously bizarre happens to make him re-think the whole case. Written by Steve Hosgood <iiitsh@pyr.swan.ac.uk>

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The story of a love that became the most fearful thing that ever happened to a woman!


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Release Date:

November 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lora  »

Box Office


$1,020,000 (estimated)

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Darryl F. Zanuck and Rouben Mamoulian originally wanted Twentieth Century-Fox contract player Laird Cregar for the role of Waldo Lydecker, but Otto Preminger argued that Cregar was too well known as a heavy and would give away the plot. See more »


When McPherson goes to Lydecker's, he is nosing around with some of his art stuff and picks something up. Lydecker tells him to leave it alone or some such, as it is priceless and not to break it. However, we will see that Lydecker is in the bathtub, and the door is nearly completely shut, he could not have seen McPherson doing anything from that vantage. See more »


[first lines]
Waldo Lydecker: [narrating off screen] I shall never forget the weekend Laura died. A silver sun burned through the sky like a huge magnifying glass. It was the hottest Sunday in my recollection. I felt as if I were the only human being left in New York. For with Laura's horrible death, I was alone. I, Waldo Lydecker, was the only one who really knew her, and I had just begun to write Laura's story when another of those detectives came to see me. I had him wait. I could watch him through the ...
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Music by J. Fred Coots (1938)
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One of the very best Hollywood movies of the 1940s starring the most beautiful actress of all time.
26 February 2004 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'Laura' is one of the most entertaining mystery movies I've ever seen. A mystery? Also a romance, a Film Noir and even in some ways a comedy. It's quite a unique movie from the legendary Otto Preminger, who took over from the original director and started from scratch. Gene Tierney plays the title character, a woman who seems to bewitch every man she meets. It's no wonder because Tierney is mesmerizing to watch. I think she could well be the most beautiful actress of all time. Dana Andrews, Vincent Price and Clifton Webb play the three men in Laura's life. Andrews ('Night Of The Demon') plays a detective investigating Laura's apparent murder, Price, years before becoming a horror icon, a gigolo type who is due to marry her, and Webb (best known as Mr. Belvedere) is a snobby columnist and wit who is Laura's mentor. All four actors are just terrific and the plot is full of twists and surprises. I enjoyed this movie from start to finish. 'Laura' is one of the very best Hollywood movies of the 1940s. Highly recommended

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