Laura Reviews

  • Apr 26, 2020

    Very good. Creative plot. Strange how at least two actors came in from the pouring rain with dry coats. When the villain took the shotgun from the clock he must have seen the two spent shells had been removed...

    Very good. Creative plot. Strange how at least two actors came in from the pouring rain with dry coats. When the villain took the shotgun from the clock he must have seen the two spent shells had been removed...

  • Apr 20, 2020

    I guess it is a natural failing of films from the times that everybody has to immediately fall in love with the lead actress. But falling in love with a portrait takes it a step to far. The constantly moving love triangles takes away from, and does not add to, the interesting murder mystery and investigation at the heart of the story. Jealousy could have been brought to the forefront without such contrivances.

    I guess it is a natural failing of films from the times that everybody has to immediately fall in love with the lead actress. But falling in love with a portrait takes it a step to far. The constantly moving love triangles takes away from, and does not add to, the interesting murder mystery and investigation at the heart of the story. Jealousy could have been brought to the forefront without such contrivances.

  • Apr 15, 2020

    Director: Otto Preminger Writers: Vera Caspary (novel), Jay Dratler (screen play) Stars: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb It's hard to believe Otto Preminger never won an Academy Award. The resume of films he directed is so vast and so memorable that it's unfathomable the Academy didn't recognize his work. Long considered one of his best. "Laura" has withstood the test of time and garnered many accolades through the years as one of the best film noir out there. Gene Tierney, as always, was just beautiful in this film but it is Dana Andrews and the great Clifton Webb who are the real stars here. Preminger had to fight Zanuck tooth and tong to get Webb but he got him and it is one of Webb's finest and it won him the nomination for Best Supporting Actor. There are few actors who were as adept at playing the villain as Clifton Webb was and he was superb here. I've seen this film dozens of times, just viewed it again on TCM tonight, and it is still as enthralling as it was for me decades ago. This one is truly an "essential" for all lovers of good films!

    Director: Otto Preminger Writers: Vera Caspary (novel), Jay Dratler (screen play) Stars: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb It's hard to believe Otto Preminger never won an Academy Award. The resume of films he directed is so vast and so memorable that it's unfathomable the Academy didn't recognize his work. Long considered one of his best. "Laura" has withstood the test of time and garnered many accolades through the years as one of the best film noir out there. Gene Tierney, as always, was just beautiful in this film but it is Dana Andrews and the great Clifton Webb who are the real stars here. Preminger had to fight Zanuck tooth and tong to get Webb but he got him and it is one of Webb's finest and it won him the nomination for Best Supporting Actor. There are few actors who were as adept at playing the villain as Clifton Webb was and he was superb here. I've seen this film dozens of times, just viewed it again on TCM tonight, and it is still as enthralling as it was for me decades ago. This one is truly an "essential" for all lovers of good films!

  • Jan 23, 2020

    Great noire from 1944. Whodunit right 'til the end. Clifton Webb is brilliant. Gene Tierney shows she's in Garson's and Bergman's club ...and good old Dana Andrews with his 'dames' and 'broads' ... how many noire films did he play a cop in ?

    Great noire from 1944. Whodunit right 'til the end. Clifton Webb is brilliant. Gene Tierney shows she's in Garson's and Bergman's club ...and good old Dana Andrews with his 'dames' and 'broads' ... how many noire films did he play a cop in ?

  • Nov 24, 2019

    It is indeed a great classic in the canon of film noirs; a must see perfection.

    It is indeed a great classic in the canon of film noirs; a must see perfection.

  • Oct 27, 2019

    What formula can explain this excellent film? It has an elaborate and contrived story; complex and interesting dialogue; a catchy and effective score; dramatic shots of the actors faces; sumptuous Manhattan apartments; two flamboyant suitors (Clifton Webb and Vincent Price); a stunningly beautiful protagonist (Gene Tierney) who is simultaneously kind, universally admired, and aloof; and a hard-boiled but never predictable cop (Dana Andrews). And lest I forget, it also has a genius for producer and director, Otto Preminger. Yes, put those elements together in just the right way and you have one of the best noir thrillers ever.

    What formula can explain this excellent film? It has an elaborate and contrived story; complex and interesting dialogue; a catchy and effective score; dramatic shots of the actors faces; sumptuous Manhattan apartments; two flamboyant suitors (Clifton Webb and Vincent Price); a stunningly beautiful protagonist (Gene Tierney) who is simultaneously kind, universally admired, and aloof; and a hard-boiled but never predictable cop (Dana Andrews). And lest I forget, it also has a genius for producer and director, Otto Preminger. Yes, put those elements together in just the right way and you have one of the best noir thrillers ever.

  • Oct 16, 2019

    Knotty, complex and literate noir mystery, sharing similar themes to Hitchcock's Rebecca (and one of its stars, Judith Anderson). Beautifully designed and photographed, and with a very good and self-effacing performance by Dana Andrews as the detective trying to unravel the central mystery.

    Knotty, complex and literate noir mystery, sharing similar themes to Hitchcock's Rebecca (and one of its stars, Judith Anderson). Beautifully designed and photographed, and with a very good and self-effacing performance by Dana Andrews as the detective trying to unravel the central mystery.

  • Jul 04, 2019

    Despite the many plot holes other reviewers have noted, police departments do not operate like depicted in this film. I don't know if this is how the police investigated murders in the 1940s, but with the technical and psychological advancements of modern police science, everything Dana Andrews does screams of unprofessionalism. This is a weak movie. It could have been a good mystery if any attention had been paid to detail.

    Despite the many plot holes other reviewers have noted, police departments do not operate like depicted in this film. I don't know if this is how the police investigated murders in the 1940s, but with the technical and psychological advancements of modern police science, everything Dana Andrews does screams of unprofessionalism. This is a weak movie. It could have been a good mystery if any attention had been paid to detail.

  • May 05, 2019

    Horrible movie. The story is a pale imitation of REAL film noir. Too many situations in this movie are impossible to believe. The film is absolute garbage. I almost fell asleep this time, my second time watching it, but forced myself to see the conclusion again. What a waste of time and money. This film is excrement.

    Horrible movie. The story is a pale imitation of REAL film noir. Too many situations in this movie are impossible to believe. The film is absolute garbage. I almost fell asleep this time, my second time watching it, but forced myself to see the conclusion again. What a waste of time and money. This film is excrement.

  • Jan 31, 2019

    A classic film noir about love, obsession and murder. Among everyone on screen, it's Clifton Webb's performance of Waldo Lydecker that stands out. Good murder mystery.

    A classic film noir about love, obsession and murder. Among everyone on screen, it's Clifton Webb's performance of Waldo Lydecker that stands out. Good murder mystery.