Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price, Judith Anderson
Part of the Granite Noir Season
Otto Preminger's masterpiece about obsession, jealousy, deceit and deadly betrayal. The narrator welcoming us into the upper-crust New York scene of the film is columnist Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb), a columnist, first encountered at work in his bath by Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews), the detective investigating the murder of beautiful advertising exec Laura (Gene Tierney). But Waldo's not the sole suspect; there's Laura's fiancé Shelby (Vincent Price), and Shelby's lover Ann Treadwell (Judith Anderson). And can McPherson's judgement really be trusted, given that he too appears to have fallen for the dead woman he's hearing about?
"For me, Laura is the most classic and iconic of film noirs. I chose this for two reasons; it’s a great whodunit that keeps the audience guessing until the very end, and more importantly it’s a first-class study in levels of obsession." - Dr Jacky Collins.
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