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Release Date:
November 1944 (USA) See more »
The story of a love that became the most fearful thing that ever happened to a woman!
A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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A perfect Noir film See more (201 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Tierney ... Laura Hunt

Dana Andrews ... Det. Lt. Mark McPherson

Clifton Webb ... Waldo Lydecker

Vincent Price ... Shelby Carpenter

Judith Anderson ... Ann Treadwell
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Grant Mitchell ... Lancaster Corey (scenes deleted)

Dorothy Adams ... Bessie Clary, Laura's Maid (uncredited)
Terry Adams ... Woman (uncredited)
Wally Albright ... Newsboy (uncredited)

Bobby Barber ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Gary Breckner ... Narrator (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Lane Chandler ... Detective (uncredited)
Bill Chaney ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Dorothy Christy ... Woman (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Kay Connors ... Woman (uncredited)
John Dexter ... Jacoby, the Artist (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Fred Callahan (uncredited)
Nestor Eristoff ... Man (uncredited)

Jean Fenwick ... Woman (uncredited)
Clyde Fillmore ... Owner of Bullitt & Co Ad Agency (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Det. McEveety (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Party guest (uncredited)
Lee Tung Foo ... Waldo's Servant (uncredited)
William Forrest ... Important Client (uncredited)
Frances Gladwin ... Woman (uncredited)
William Graeff Jr. ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Beatrice Gray ... Woman (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Kathleen Howard ... Louise, Ann's Cook (uncredited)
Yolanda Lacca ... Woman (uncredited)
Frank LaRue ... Hairdresser (uncredited)
Kay Linaker ... Woman (uncredited)

Gloria Marlen ... Woman (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Butler at Party (uncredited)
Dominick Martino ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Buster Miles ... Johnny - Office Boy (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Man (uncredited)
Jane Nigh ... Secretary (uncredited)

Aileen Pringle ... Woman (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Alexander Sascha ... Man (uncredited)
Harold Schlickenmayer ... Detective (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Man Dining with Laura (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Detective (uncredited)
Ben Watson ... Newsboy (uncredited)

Cara Williams ... Secretary in Laura's Office (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Otto Preminger 
Writing credits
Vera Caspary (novel)

Jay Dratler (screen play) and
Samuel Hoffenstein (screen play) and
Elizabeth Reinhardt (screen play) (as Betty Reinhardt)

Ring Lardner Jr.  uncredited

Produced by
Otto Preminger .... producer
Original Music by
David Raksin 
Cinematography by
Joseph LaShelle (director of photography)
Lucien Ballard (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Louis R. Loeffler (film editor) (as Louis Loeffler)
Art Direction by
Leland Fuller 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Bonnie Cashin (costumes)
Makeup Department
Guy Pearce .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Dudley .... assistant director (uncredited)
Robert Saunders .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Paul S. Fox .... associate set decorator
Sound Department
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
E. Clayton Ward .... sound
Special Effects by
Edwin Hammeras .... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
Edward Snyder .... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Lloyd Ahern .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Frank Polony .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Emil Newman .... musical director
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Murray Spivack .... music mixer (uncredited)
Vinton Vernon .... music mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Ruth Fox .... research assistant (uncredited)
Frances C. Richardson .... research director (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:13 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:S | France:U | Germany:6 | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:15 (2004) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video re-rating) (2005) | UK:U (video rating) (1988) | USA:Approved (PCA #10088)

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Ranked #4 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Mystery" in June 2008.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Lydecker recognizes McPherson's name, one can see part of the waist-band of a bathing suit worn by Lydecker in the bath tub.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 half-open door.
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84 out of 102 people found the following review useful.
A perfect Noir film, 14 July 2004
Author: FilmOtaku ( from Milwaukee, WI

The first time I saw this film, about eight years ago I ended up almost losing a friend because I was hoarding the VHS copy he had lent me for about two months. After seeing it, I quite simply didn't want to give up the tape because in doing so, I wouldn't be able to watch it anytime I wanted to; and I did watch it anytime I wanted to, and often, until he threatened to call a Noir Intervention. I may have loved this film from the first viewing, but I wasn't prepared to deal with something like that, as entertaining as it may have been.

I fell in love with `Laura' because it is biting and evil, intelligent and surprising. The unfathomably gorgeous Gene Tierney plays the title character, an advertising executive whose best friend Waldo Lydecker (played by the always wonderful Clifton Webb) and fiancée Shelby, (a really young Vincent Price) are some of the prime suspects in her murder. The gruff detective leading the case (Dana Andrews) is Det. McPherson, and he quickly essentially falls in love with a ghost while he is trying to solve her murder.

`Laura' has one of the great Noir scripts in that just as the audience thinks they have the case solved, another curve ball is thrown at them which blows that theory out of the water. The acting is pure delightful melodrama, but Clifton Webb's performance is simply show-stopping. His character is a vicious snit of a writer who uses his column as a weapon against anyone he doesn't like or even tolerate. Even upon multiple viewings I can't help but howl at some of his lines and mannerisms.

If anyone was to request suggestions for good Film Noir movies, I would prescribe a heavy dose of `Laura' because it has something for everyone in that it is romantic, thrilling, mysterious, wickedly funny and above all, thoroughly entertaining.


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