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Laura (1944)

Passed | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | November 1944 (USA)
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A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating.

Director:

Otto Preminger

Writers:

Vera Caspary (novel), Jay Dratler (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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)
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Storyline

Detective Lieutenant Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) investigates the killing of Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney), found dead on her apartment floor before the movie starts. McPherson builds a mental picture of the dead girl from the suspects 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 <iiitsh@pyr.swan.ac.uk>

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A STRANGE AND DANGEROUS EXPIERMENT IN LOVE AND MURDER! (print ad - Lubbock Avalanche Journal - Tower Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - March 25, 1945 - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The haunting theme melody was inspired by a "Dear David" letter that Composer David Raksin received from his wife. The lyrics were added later by Johnny Mercer. Otto Preminger is on record as saying he disliked the lyrics. See more »

Goofs

When McPherson arrives to question Lydecker, he hears the fancy clock begin to chime. However, when he looks at the clock, you can see the hands have already advanced about two minutes. 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 ...
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Alternate Versions

The version on DVD has the 1950s 20th Century Fox logo, with a tilted zero created to widen the image for CinemaScope. The logo is also larger than normal due to being cropped from the wide screen version. See more »

Connections

Remade as Rog See more »

Soundtracks

Heaven Can Wait
(uncredited)
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
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User Reviews

Classic Film Noir with Perfect Cast
15 June 2000 | by jbrittonSee all my reviews

Laura is a wonderful example of film noir. The cast is perfect. Dana Andrews is the detective assigned to investigate the murder of Laura (played by Gene Tierney). As he interviews her associates and becomes mesmerized by her portrait, he begins to fall for Laura posthumously. Clifton Webb plays her mentor perfectly and Vincent Price is classic as Laura's pretty boy fiance. Although the movie begins with Laura's murder, it still has incredible surprises and an awesome denouement. Andrews hard boiled detective and the dark, raining sets illustrate the meaning of film noir. I highly recommend it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,020,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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