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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 & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Chic, Sophisticated Adaptation With Witty Webb Stealing Show See more (191 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:
Argentina:13 | 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:
Gene Tierney originally did not want to make this film but did it anyway under contract obligations.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: Lydecker recognizes McPherson's name from "the siege of Babylon, Long Island", where McPherson had gone in and captured a criminal in spite of being shot. However, McPherson is a New York City detective. Babylon is in Suffolk County, Long Island, some forty miles outside the city, and well out of McPherson's jurisdiction, so it makes no sense that he would have been in a gun battle that far away from his area of authority.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:
Referenced in The Player (1992)See more »
Soundtrack:
You Go to My HeadSee more »

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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Chic, Sophisticated Adaptation With Witty Webb Stealing Show, 18 November 2005
Author: Dorian Tenore-Bartilucci (dtb) from Whitehall, PA

Like WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION and other favorite films of mine, discovering who really dunnit doesn't spoil LAURA's enjoyment on repeat viewings; instead, paying closer attention to the real killer the next time you watch makes you realize all the clues to their true nature that you were having too much fun to catch the first time around. For example, when you re-watch Clifton Webb as waspish columnist Waldo Lydecker during his flashback-laden dinner conversation with Dana Andrews' Lt. Mark McPherson about Gene Tierney's Laura Hunt, you suddenly realize how truly obsessed and self-centered Lydecker really is. Note that everything he says about Laura really ends up being more about him than about her: "...she deferred to my tastes...the way she listened (to me) was more eloquent than speech...", etc. Though Webb steals the show with his Oscar-nominated performance and viciously witty lines (if I start quoting Webb's best lines, I'll pretty much be transcribing every word out of his mouth), the whole cast hits all the right notes in Otto Preminger's spellbinding adaptation of Vera Caspary's novel, with Vincent Price and Judith Anderson memorable as two of the wolves-in-chic-clothing in Laura's circle, and Andrews and Tierney's chemistry sending sparks flying even before they actually share the screen after the Act 2 twist. Tierney is quite convincing as a sophisticated yet soft-hearted young woman whose kindness almost does her in; as Andrews aptly points out, "For a charming, intelligent girl, you've certainly surrounded yourself with a remarkable collection of dopes." Webb and LAURA's screenwriters re-teamed later for the similar THE DARK CORNER, which might as well be called LAURA 2 -- and I mean that as a compliment! :-)

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