A detective investigating a murder falls in love with a portrait of Laura – but she’s only a dream. His obsession is one bizarre aspect of this hypnotic film noir, which Otto Preminger took over from Reuben Mamoulian on the luckiest day of his life. Nothing is as it appears, no one is normal. So sit back and enjoy the acerbic wit of Clifton Webb and Vincent Price, wonder at the necrophilic mooning of Dana Andrews and revel in Gene Tierney’s beauty, all swooningly accompanied by Raksin’s great score.
It is the sleekest of murder mysteries, and ahead of its time – not least in having a gay suitor for Laura, and possibly two.
Gene Tierney as Laura Hunt
Dana Andrews as Det. Lt. Mark McPherson
Clifton Webb as Waldo Lydecker
Vincent Price as Shelby Carpenter
Judith Anderson as Ann Treadwell
Grant Mitchell as Lancaster Corey (scenes deleted)
Dorothy Adams as Laura's Maid Bessie Clary (uncredited)
Wally Albright as Newsboy (uncredited)
Bobby Barber as Newsboy (uncredited)
Harry Carter as Party Guest (uncredited)
Directing Otto Preminger
Production Otto Preminger
Editing Louis R. Loeffler
Art Lyle R. Wheeler
Sound Murray Spivack
Camera Lucien Ballard
Camera Joseph LaShelle
Art Thomas Little
Writing Ring Lardner, Jr.
Sound E. Clayton Ward
US / 20th Century Fox / 88 minutes / Released 1944-10-11