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Laura ()


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A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating.

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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations.
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Laura Hunt
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Det. Lt. Mark McPherson
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Waldo Lydecker
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Shelby Carpenter
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Ann Treadwell
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Lancaster Corey (scenesDeleted)
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Bessie Clary, Laura's Maid (uncredited)
Terry Adams ...
Woman (uncredited)
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Newsboy (uncredited)
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Newsboy (uncredited)
Gary Breckner ...
Narrator (uncredited)
Harry Carter ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Detective (uncredited)
Bill Chaney ...
Newsboy (uncredited)
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Woman (uncredited)
James Conaty ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Kay Connors ...
Woman (uncredited)
John Dexter ...
Jacoby, the Artist (uncredited)
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Fred Callahan (uncredited)
Nestor Eristoff ...
Man (uncredited)
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Woman (uncredited)
Clyde Fillmore ...
Owner of Bullitt & Co Ad Agency (uncredited)
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Det. McEveety (uncredited)
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Party guest (uncredited)
Lee Tung Foo ...
Waldo's Servant (uncredited)
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Important Client (uncredited)
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Woman (uncredited)
William Graeff Jr. ...
Newsboy (uncredited)
Beatrice Gray ...
Woman (uncredited)
Sam Harris ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Louise, Ann's Cook (uncredited)
Yolanda Lacca ...
Woman (uncredited)
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Hairdresser (uncredited)
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Woman (uncredited)
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Woman (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ...
Butler at Party (uncredited)
Dominick Martino ...
Newsboy (uncredited)
Buster Miles ...
Johnny - Office Boy (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Lew Morphy ...
Police Officer (uncredited)
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Man (uncredited)
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Secretary (uncredited)
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Woman (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Alexander Sascha ...
Man (uncredited)
Harold Schlickenmayer ...
Detective (uncredited)
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Man Dining with Laura (uncredited)
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Detective (uncredited)
Ben Watson ...
Newsboy (uncredited)
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Secretary in Laura's Office (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ...
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Directed by

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Otto Preminger

Written by (WGA)

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Vera Caspary ... (novel)
 
Jay Dratler ... (screen play) and
Samuel Hoffenstein ... (screen play) and
Elizabeth Reinhardt ... (screen play) (as Betty Reinhardt)
 
Ring Lardner Jr. ... () (uncredited)

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Otto Preminger ... producer

Music by

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David Raksin

Cinematography by

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Joseph LaShelle ... director of photography
Lucien Ballard ... (uncredited)

Film Editing by

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Louis R. Loeffler ... film editor (as Louis Loeffler)

Editorial Department

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Lyman Hallowell ... apprentice editor (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Leland Fuller
Lyle R. Wheeler ... (as Lyle Wheeler)

Set Decoration by

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Thomas Little ... (set decorations)

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Bonnie Cashin ... (costumes)

Makeup Department

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Guy Pearce ... makeup artist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Tom Dudley ... assistant director (uncredited)
Robert Saunders ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Paul S. Fox ... associate set decorator

Sound Department

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Harry M. Leonard ... sound
E. Clayton Ward ... sound

Special Effects by

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Edwin Hammeras ... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
Edward Snyder ... transparency projection shots (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Fred Sersen ... special photographic effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Lloyd Ahern Sr. ... second camera operator (uncredited)
Frank Polony ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Sam Benson ... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)

Music Department

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Emil Newman ... musical director
Arthur Morton ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Murray Spivack ... music mixer (uncredited)
Vinton Vernon ... music mixer (uncredited)

Other crew

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Ruth Fox ... research assistant (uncredited)
Frances C. Richardson ... research director (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines The story of a love that became the most fearful thing that ever happened to a woman! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Vertigine (Italy)
  • Lora (Serbia)
  • Lora (Yugoslavia, Serbian title)
  • Лора (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Kanli gölge (Turkey, Turkish title)
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Runtime
  • 88 min
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Budget $1,020,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Vincent Price always considered this to be the best film he ever made. See more »
Goofs When Lydecker gets out of his tub and puts on his robe, the seat of the robe is already wet, suggesting that this was not the first take of this scene. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Unauthorized Hagiography of Vincent Price (2014). See more »
Soundtracks You Go to My Head See more »
Quotes Waldo Lydecker: I don't use a pen. I write with a goose quill dipped in venom.
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