A classic noirish mystery with a consummate ensemble of actors. Dana Andrews adroitly plays the detective who delves into the murder of the stunningly beautiful Laura, with whom it seems everyone, including the detective himself, is in love. But Webb steals the show as the titular ingenue's creepily elegant social mentor, Waldo Lydecker. Based on the novel by Vera Caspary. Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Director. Academy Awards: Best (Black-and-White) Cinematography.
1944 - Academy Awards - Best Cinematography Winner
James Flavin - American supporting actor, KING KONG (1933)
Frank La Rue
Clifton Webb - American Actor
Webb Parmalee Hollenbeck - American Actor
Grant Mitchell - American Actor
Kathleen Howard - Actress/Singer
Gene Tierney - American actress, LAURA
Lane Chandler - American Actor/1930s-50s
Ring Lardner Jr. - American screenwriter, WOMAN OF THE YEAR/M.A.S.H.
Ringgold Wilmer Lardner Jr. - American screenwriter, WOMAN OF THE YEAR/M.A.S.H.
Vincent Price - American actor, author
Jay Dratler - Screenwriter
Judith Anderson - Australian actress, REBECCA
Dame Judith Anderson - Australian actress, REBECCA
Frances Margaret Anderson - Australian actress, REBECCA
Paul S. Fox - Production Designer
David Raksin - Composer, late '30s-late '80s, FOREVER AMBER (1947)
Otto Preminger - Director/Producer/Actor
Otto Ludwig Preminger - Director/Producer/Actor
Joseph La Shelle
Jerry Cady - Screenwriter
Jeremy Cady - Screenwriter
Jerome Cady - Screenwriter
Dana Andrews - American Actor
Carver Dana Andrews - American Actor
Vera Caspary - American Screenwriter/Novelist
Classic film about a detective who, while investigating the murder of a beautiful woman, falls in love with her likeness in a painting. But was the woman really murdered?
LAURA was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1999. Additional cast: Clyde Fillmore (Bullitt); Ralph Dunn (Fred Callahan); Lee Tung Foo (Servant); and Harold Schlickenmayer, Harry Strang and Lane Chandler (Detectives).
"...That LAURA continues to weave a spell -- and it does -- is a tribute to style over sanity....The music lends a haunted, nostalgic, regretful cast to everything it plays under..." - 01/20/2002 Chicago Sun-Times, p.5
...This all-timer made a standard of the title tune, launched co-star Clifton Webb's screen career....[and] it also gives Vincent Price and Judith Anderson meaty suspect roles..." - 03/12/1993 USA Today, p.3D
"[T]he whodunit still gleams like a pearl-handled pistol..." - 03/18/2005 Entertainment Weekly, p.50
"[A] delectable romantic thriller..." - 04/03/2005 Los Angeles Times, p.E15
"Preminger's waspish masterpiece, which swings from high society noir to romantic mystery two thirds of the way through." - 04/01/2006 Sight and Sound, p.90
5 stars out of 5 -- "[L]iterate and mannered in the best way....David Raksin's title song and score are sheer romantic swoon." - 04/01/2012 Total Film