Laura

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The only question about Laura is whether it’s simply one of the greatest film noir releases ever made, or if it’s indeed the quintessential film noir. Decide for yourself. This 1944 murder mystery classic from director Otto Preminger (replacing a fired... read more
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The only question about Laura is whether it’s simply one of the greatest film noir releases ever made, or if it’s indeed the quintessential film noir. Decide for yourself. This 1944 murder mystery classic from director Otto Preminger (replacing a fired Rouben Mamoulian) has only grown in stature over the years, with its hypnotic mixture of doomed romantic obsession, dizzying intrigue, and fatalistic cynicism marking it as essential noir.Police detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) is drawn into Manhattan high society as he investigates the death of stunning ad exec Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney), apparently shotgunned in her own apartment. The slithery suspects are numerous, led by effete, snobbish columnist Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb), and Laura’s philandering fiancee Shelby (Vincent Price), who’s also been cavorting with Laura’s wealthy aunt (Judith Anderson). McPherson begins to fall in love with Laura through a portrait in her home and the memories relayed by those who knew her…just as it becomes apparent that even the basic facts of the case might not be what they seemed.Peppered with eternally quotable dialogue (“I should be sincerely sorry to see my neighbours’ children devoured by wolves.”) and sumptuous, Oscar-winning cinematography by Joseph LaShelle, Laura stands with The Big Sleep and Double Indemnity as one of the classic noir titles, and an undeniable American masterpiece.

Original Release

11/01/1944

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Cast

Gene Tierney Laura Hunt
Dana Andrews Det. Lt. Mark McPherson
Clifton Webb Waldo Lydecker
Vincent Price Shelby Carpenter
Judith Anderson Ann Treadwell
Dorothy Adams Laura's Maid
Kathleen Howard Louise, Ann's Cook
Cara Williams Advertising Agency Employee
Bess Flowers Restaurant Patron
Dorothy Christy Woman (uncredited)
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Otto Preminger

Writers

Jay Dratler, Samuel Hoffenstein, Ring Lardner, Vera Caspary, Elizabeth Reinhardt

Cast

Gene Tierney Laura Hunt
Dana Andrews Det. Lt. Mark McPherson
Clifton Webb Waldo Lydecker
Vincent Price Shelby Carpenter
Judith Anderson Ann Treadwell
Dorothy Adams Laura's Maid
Kathleen Howard Louise, Ann's Cook
Cara Williams Advertising Agency Employee
Bess Flowers Restaurant Patron
Dorothy Christy Woman (uncredited)
Jean Fenwick Woman (uncredited)
Frances Gladwin Woman (uncredited)
Beatrice Gray Woman (uncredited)
Yolanda Lacca Woman (uncredited)
Kay Linaker Woman (uncredited)
Gloria Marlen Woman (uncredited)
Aileen Pringle Woman (uncredited)
Wally Albright Newsboy (uncredited)
Bobby Barber Newsboy (uncredited)
William Graeff Jr. Newsboy (uncredited)

Producers

Editors

Louis R. Loeffler

1945 Oscar Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
1945 Oscar Best Director Nominated
1945 Oscar Best Writing, Screenplay Nominated
1945 Oscar Best Cinematography, Black-and-White Won
1945 Oscar Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Black-and-White Nominated
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