(1944) Directed by Otto Preminger. Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price, Judith Anderson. (88 min.) 35mm print from Fox.
Dana Andrews’s hard bitten police detective succumbs to love—unfortunately, the exquisite Laura is already dead. Her portrait, gowns, perfume, diary, and a haunting melody envelop him as he tracks her killer. Clifton Webb as acerbic “man about town” Waldo Lydecker and Vincent Price as the alleged fiancé shine in a most memorable cast of suspects.
Laura “remains the cult noir par excellence” (Rough Guide to Film Noir).
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