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Laura (1944)

aka Laura

"The story of a love that became the most fearful thing that ever happened to a woman!"

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Details: 88 mins · English

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Cast:

Small Laura Hunt
Small Det. Lt. Mark McPherson
Small Waldo Lydecker
Small Shelby Carpenter
Small Mrs. Ann Treadwell
Small Ann Treadwell
Small Laura's Maid
No_movie_poster Lancaster Corey
No_movie_poster Louise, Ann's Cook
Small Bessie Clary
No_movie_poster Det. McEveety
No_movie_poster Jacoby
No_movie_poster Louise
No_movie_poster Fred Callahan
No_movie_poster Important Client
No_movie_poster Owner of Bullitt & Co Ad Agency
No_movie_poster Waldo's Servant
No_movie_poster Johnny

Crew:

No_movie_poster Bonnie Cashin Costume Design
No_movie_poster David Raksin Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Jay Dratler Writer
No_movie_poster Joseph LaShelle Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Louis R. Loeffler Editor
Small Otto Preminger Director
Small Otto Preminger Production
No_movie_poster Samuel Hoffenstein Writer
No_movie_poster Thomas Little Set Decoration
No_movie_poster Vera Caspary Novel
No_movie_poster Vera Caspary Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Elizabeth Reinhardt Writer
No_movie_poster Ring Lardner, Jr. Writer

Taglines:

"The story of a love that became the most fearful thing that ever happened to a woman!"

Plot:

New York City police detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) is investigating the murder of beautiful and highly successful advertising executive, Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney). Laura has been killed by a shotgun blast to the face, just inside the doorway to her apartment, before the start of the film. He interviews charismatic newspaper columnist Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb), an imperious, decadent dandy, who relates how he met Laura, became her mentor, and used his considerable influence and fame to advance her career. McPherson also questions Laura's parasitic playboy fiancé, Shelby Carpenter (Vincent Price), her wealthy socialite aunt, Ann Treadwell (Judith Anderson), who'd been carrying on with Carpenter and giving him money, and her loyal housekeeper, Bessie Clary (Dorothy Adams).


Through the testimony of her friends, and the reading of her letters and diary, McPherson comes to know Laura and slowly becomes obsessed with her, so much so Lydecker accuses him of falling in love with the dead woman. He also learns that Lydecker was jealous of Laura's suitors, using his newspaper column and influence to keep them at bay.


One night, the detective falls asleep in Laura's apartment, under her portrait, and is awakened by the sound of someone entering the apartment. He is shocked to discover it is Laura. Laura finds a dress in her closet belonging to one of her models, Diane Redfern. McPherson concludes that she, Diane Redfern, was the victim, brought there by Carpenter, while Laura was away in the country. Now it becomes even more urgent to unmask the murderer.


A party is thrown to welcome Laura's return. At the party, McPherson arrests Laura for the murder of Diana Redfern. Upon questioning her, he is convinced of her innocence and that she does not love Shelby. He returns her to her apartment, and then goes to search Lydecker's apartment. There he becomes suspicious of a clock that is identical to the one in Laura's apartment. On closer examination he finds a secret compartment. He returns to Laura's apartment. Lydecker is there and it is apparent there is a growing bond between Laura and the detective. Lydecker insults McPherson and is sent away by Laura but pauses on the stairwell outside. After Lydecker has left, McPherson examines Laura's clock and finds the shotgun that killed Diane. Laura is confronted with the truth that Lydecker was the murderer. McPherson locks Laura in to her apartment, warning her not to let any one in. After he has left, Lydecker emerges from another room and attempts to kill Laura, claiming if he cannot have her, no one can. He is shot down by McPherson's sergeant, who had told McPherson that Lydecker had never left the building, causing the two policemen to return to the apartment. Lydecker's last words are: "Goodbye, Laura. Goodbye, my love."

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1946-01-01 : Turkey

Theatrical : 1944-01-01 : United States of America

Theatrical : 1948-04-15 : Belgium

Theatrical : 1945-03-31 : Sweden

Theatrical : 1945-12-03 : Portugal

Theatrical : 2012-02-24 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 1945-04-12 : Australia

Theatrical : 1945-01-29 : Brazil

Theatrical : Turkey

Theatrical : 1946-01-24 : Madrid

Theatrical : United States of America

Theatrical : 2005-03-16 : France

Theatrical : 1948-04-15 : Netherlands

Theatrical : 1946-07-13 : France

Theatrical : 1947-05-09 : Germany

Theatrical : 1945-12-02 : Finland

Theatrical : 1982-07-01 : Spain

Theatrical : 1948-07-30 : Denmark

Theatrical : 1947-07-08 : Japan

Theatrical : 1947-04-26 : Italy

Theatrical : 1947-05-09 : Austria

Theatrical : 1959-07-24 : Finland

Theatrical : 2012-01-22 : San Francisco

Theatrical : 1946-09-13 : Hong Kong

Theatrical : 2012-08-31 : France

1944-10-11 : New York City

2006-03-31 : United States of America

2007-10-15 : Greece

2012-08-03 : Switzerland