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Director:
Writers:
Vera Caspary (novel)
Jay Dratler (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
November 1944 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 »
NewsDesk:
(99 articles)
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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)
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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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 | 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:
The first cut of the film included a sequence in which Vincent Price sings a song and accompanies himself on the piano. Twentieth Century-Fox's PR department planted stories declaring that Price (who sang with the Yale Glee Club and had a song in The House of the Seven Gables (1940)) would become the next Perry Como. The number was cut, however, and Price's singing "career" never happened.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Lydecker reaches for the cigarette case twice.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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Soundtrack:
You Go to My HeadSee more »

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98 out of 129 people found the following review useful.
There's something about "Laura", 7 January 2004
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Alright, I confess...I hadn't got any experience with Otto Preminger-movies before I saw Laura. But, if they're all as promising as this one...I'll soon become his biggest fan for sure! A fan of Vincent Price, I was already. That was my motivation to watch Laura in the first place. I wanted to see this favorite actor of mine in a good old-fashioned and intelligent tale of mystery and murder. I got what I expected PLUS a hell of a lot more!! Laura can be summarized by using one single word: BRILLIANT! Like no other film, Laura is the perfect proof that cinema can be the purest form of art. The dialogues are superb. Every line that's being said in Laura is a highlight, every facial expression made is a stunning one. Preminger's film is Film-Noir perfection. Period. First and foremost, the story of Laura impresses you bigtime. The script is extremely intelligent and it's always one step ahead of you. There were most movies desperately TRY to fool the audience ( and fail ), Laura pulls it off without any effort. The atmosphere and design just sucks you in completely and you're overwhelmed by every surprising twist. I'm not telling anything about the plot or storyline here. It would be a shame to spoil something about this masterpiece. See it for yourself and be astonished! I am willing to write one last word about the cast, though. Laura has the most entire charismatic cast I've ever seen! Gene Tierney was an obvious choice to play the title role, I may say. She's one of the most beautiful girls who ever appeared on the big screen. It's only normal that she's in the spotlights here. Heck, I even fell in love with her myself while watching her. Clifton Webb is terrific as the men-hating critic named Waldo. His constant sarcastic remarks are a joy for all senses. And - as I said before - Vincent Price is the one who's making this film complete. Laura was shot pretty early in his well-filled career but his talent is obviously there already. Even though he grew out to become a legendary horror-icon, he certainly proves here that he could handle all kind of characters.

Go and see Laura! See it now!! It's one of the greatest films ever made and the undeniable proof that classic cinema will always be the best. No matter who're they're trying to impress us with sound and visual aspects nowadays, nothing compares to the charm and intelligence of a good story!

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