Laura

1944

Drama / Film-Noir

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IMDb Rating 8.0

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Reviewed by Elizabeth-40 10

One of the best suspense films of the 1940s, &quot;Laura&quot; is loaded with elegant sophistication, witty dialogue, unscrupulous characters, and romantic obsession, all wrapped in hauntingly beautiful music.<br/><br/>Lovely Gene Tierney is Laura; the young advertising executive allegedly murdered at the front door of her apartment. Dana Andrews is well cast as Mark MacPherson, the handsome, no nonsense detective assigned to unravel the case.<br/><br/>Clifton Webb is superb as Waldo Lydecker, Laura&#39;s mentor and an egocentric, effeminate newspaper columnist who has made a career of eliminating Laura&#39;s prospective suitors. Lydecker detests Shelby Carpenter (Vincent Price), a southern playboy to whom Laura is engaged. Anne Treadwell (Judith Anderson) is Laura&#39;s aunt who, incidentally, is in love with Carpenter herself.<br/><br/>As MacPherson sorts through the motives and alibis, he finds Laura too bewitches him. In one of the most memorable movie scenes of all time, Dana Andrews gives an intense performance of a man driven to distraction by the story of Laura, her letters, private diary, perfume, and hauntingly lovely portrait above the fireplace. Clearly agitated, he takes a drink as he sits in a chair beneath Laura&#39;s portrait. He falls asleep, and the audience is left wondering if his dreams of Laura are coming true, as she appears through the doorway. He awakens and rises from the chair, his soul shaken by the sight of Laura alive.<br/><br/>This intriguing story, combined with Clifton Webb&#39;s biting quips, Gene Tierney&#39;s beauty and elegance, Dana Andrews&#39; intensity and dark good looks, and Vincent Price&#39;s sense of humor, makes this film immensely watchable again and again.

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Reviewed by Doylenf 7

LAURA is, quite simply, as good as it gets as far as &quot;film noir&quot; is concerned. <br/><br/>Aside from an interesting story, a witty script, excellent B&amp;W photography of elegant sets and the beautiful Gene Tierney as the center of attention, it works on every level imaginable. Dana Andrews has an intriguing role as the detective drawn to the portrait of Laura after believing her dead. And Clifton Webb has his star-making role of Waldo Lydecker, the snobbish and elegant man who seems just as obsessed with the dead woman as the detective. Adding to the impressive performances are Judith Anderson and Vincent Price.<br/><br/>The only flaw seems to be that Laura herself is not as well-defined in motives and background as the other players. But Gene Tierney&#39;s mesmerizing beauty hardly makes that important. Nevertheless, she is too passive in the role and actually gave far stronger performances in films like The Razor&#39;s Edge and Leave Her to Heaven, something she herself admitted--but her looks were never used to better advantage.<br/><br/>With several plot twists and turns, it keeps you thoroughly absorbed until it reaches its satisfying climax under Otto Preminger&#39;s knowing direction. Not to be missed, it&#39;s a classic of its kind.<br/><br/>For a detailed look at the career of DANA ANDREWS, see my current article on him in FILMS OF THE GOLDEN AGE, Summer 2001 with a look at all of his films and many photos.

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Reviewed by bkoganbing 9

Laura Hunt has been murdered in a most grisly way, a shotgun blast to the face as she answered her apartment door. Dana Andrews as Detective Mark McPherson is assigned to the case and he&#39;s got a good list of suspects to work from in this up close and personal murder.<br/><br/>Laura Hunt hung out with some real characters. Dana Andrews has a good group to choose from. There&#39;s Vincent Price who was to marry Laura, a worthless playboy who spends his life as a permanent party guest. There&#39;s Clifton Webb as the epicene critic and noted wit who was a kind of sponsor for Laura into society. There&#39;s Judith Anderson as Laura&#39;s sophisticated aunt who has a yen for Price. There&#39;s even Dorothy Adams as Bessie, Laura&#39;s lesbian maid who is carrying a titanic torch for her ex-employer.<br/><br/>Andrews very patiently and methodically goes through the suspects. In his way he&#39;s as officious and annoying as Lieutenant Columbo on television. But he does get to the truth. Of course there&#39;s one very big surprise for him during the course of the investigation.<br/><br/>Gene Tierney is Laura and she was a beauty in her day. Man or woman, who wouldn&#39;t be crushing out on her. This film was the first one that got Dana Andrews any real notice from the critics. And of course Clifton Webb made a screen debut in this after a long career on Broadway. Webb got an Oscar nomination for his role of Waldo Lydecker as a Best Supporting Actor, but lost to Barry Fitzgerald for Going My Way.<br/><br/>David Raksin&#39;s musical theme for this film is one of the great ones ever done for the cinema. So popular did it prove that Johnny Mercer wrote a lyric for it after the film came out. At the time people like Frank Sinatra and Dick Haymes and a host of others rushed to record it. <br/><br/>I guess you could classify Laura as a kind of sophisticated noir police drama. It&#39;s dialog will leave you begging for more. It&#39;s not much in the way of mystery because about a third of the way through you will realize at the same time Andrews does who the murderer is, maybe even before Andrews does. That doesn&#39;t matter though because Laura is entertaining every step of the way.

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