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Director:
Writers:
Vera Caspary (novel)
Jay Dratler (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
November 1944 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The story of a love that became the most fearful thing that ever happened to a woman!
Plot:
A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
One of the very best Hollywood movies of the 1940s starring the most beautiful actress of all time. See more (192 total) »

Cast

  (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)
Harry Carter ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Lane Chandler ... Detective (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)
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)
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)
Cara Williams ... Secretary in Laura's Office (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Otto Preminger 
 
Writing credits
Vera Caspary (novel)

Jay Dratler (screenplay) and
Samuel Hoffenstein (screenplay) and
Elizabeth Reinhardt (screenplay) (as Betty Reinhardt)

Ring Lardner Jr.  uncredited

Produced by
Otto Preminger .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Raksin 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph LaShelle 
Lucien Ballard (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Louis R. Loeffler  (as Louis Loeffler)
 
Art Direction by
Leland Fuller 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
 
Costume Design by
Bonnie Cashin 
 
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)
 
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Runtime:
88 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:S | France:U | Germany:6 (2006) | 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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Trivia:
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 5, 1945 with Dana Andrews Gene Tierney and Vincent Price reprising their film roles. Lux broadcast it a second time on February 1, 1954 with Tierney reprising her film role and Victor Mature substituted for Andrews.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the initial long-shot when McPherson and Lydecker are out to dinner, McPherson's chair is unoccupied (about 15:28). When the camera is at their table, McPherson has materialized.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Remade as Fiona on Fire (1978)See more »
Soundtrack:
You Go to My HeadSee more »

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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
One of the very best Hollywood movies of the 1940s starring the most beautiful actress of all time., 26 February 2004
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

'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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