Laura (1944)


“I don’t know a lot about anything, but I know a little about practically everything.” – Shelby

Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Sep 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A detective investigating a murder of a young woman falls in love with the victim and must try and solve the case despite his feelings.

My Take on it – This is a very interesting and compelling mystery that takes things in a great and unique direction.

The idea of a detective falling in love with a murder victim while investigating the case is a very intriguing premise and it works quite well here.

The story is filled with some great twists and turns along the way that help raise the suspense level little by little.

I have always been a fan of Otto Preminger both as an actor and a director) and this film is further proof how great a director he was because he is able to keep things moving at a great pace while keeping interest the entire time.

This was his very first (of 3) Oscar nomination for Best Director and it is quite deserving.

The cast of the film is superbly chosen with Dana Andrews excellent in the lead.

He is helped by Clifton Webb, Vincent Price, Judith Anderson and Gene Tierney in important supporting roles that all help keep things thrilling the whole way through.

Bottom Line – Very interesting whodunit that is filled with great twists and turns along the way. Preminger manages to keep things interesting and intriguing the entire time as he constantly raises the stakes of the storyline. He was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Director for this film. Excellent cast led by Andrews with Webb, Price, Anderson and Tierney all helping keep things thrilling the whole way through. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to Otto Preminger, he had to work to win the respect of the cast, who all seemed “hostile” to him when he took over, with the exception of Clifton Webb. “I learned later,” he said, “that Mamoulian had called each of them individually and warned them that I did not like their acting and intended to fire them.” It was not true. Judith Anderson decided to confront him on the set. She said that if he wasn’t happy with her performance, then he should show her how to make it better. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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