Directed by Otto Preminger • 1944 • United States
Starring Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb
One of the most sophisticated noirs of the 1940s, Otto Preminger’s classic mystery stars Gene Tierney as Laura Hunt, a Manhattan advertising executive who is murdered just before she is set to marry her playboy fiancé (Vincent Price). Under the spell of the beautiful Laura’s portrait, the detective (Dana Andrews) investigating the crime finds himself falling in love with the dead woman—until a shocking revelation upends the case entirely. Clifton Webb steals scene after scene as the acid-tongued newspaper columnist Waldo Lydecker, while David Raksin’s haunting score yielded the hit title song.