Laura (1944)

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A definitive film noir classic, the film tells the shocking story of a Park Avenue society beauty murdered in her apartment, which brings Detective Mark McPherson to New York's most elegant neighborhood. As he tries to get inside the head of the victim, Laura Hunt, he also questions the men in her life - the acerbic critic Waldo Lydecker and playboy fiance Shelby Carpenter. Lulled by her stunning portrait, fine liquor and classical music, McPherson doesn't know he's in for a heart-stopping shock with the sudden appearance of a woman who seems to be Laura herself.


  • Gene Tierney
  • Dana Andrews
  • Clifton Webb
  • Vincent Price
  • Judith Anderson
  • Grant Mitchell
  • Dorothy Adams
  • Terry Adams
  • Wally Albright
  • Bobby Barber

Did You Know?


  • Vera Caspary first wrote her story as a play, "Ring Twice for Lora", in 1939, then adapted the play into a novel titled "Laura". The novel was serialized in Collier's Magazine from October 17 to November 28, 1942, under the title "Ring Twice for Laura". In a 1971 article in Saturday Review of Literature, Caspary recalls that Otto Preminger read the manuscript of the novel and expressed interest in collaborating with her on a revised version of the play, which he would then produce. They did not agree on the dramatization, however, and Caspary re-worked the play with George Sklar in 1942. This stage version opened in London in 1945, and on Broadway on June 26, 1947. Preminger worked on the screenplay with Jay Dratler, then brought in the team of Samuel Hoffenstein and Elizabeth Reinhardt.
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  • When McPherson first interviews Mrs. Treadwell, the position of his elbow changes between shots, from being up to resting on his leg.
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    • Waldo Lydecker: How singularly innocent I look this morning.
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