Laura (1944) was a Crime - Film Noir Film directed by Rouben Mamoulian and Otto Preminger and produced by Otto Preminger.
The film was based on the novel of the same name from & Colliers Serial "Ring Twice for Laura" written by Vera Caspary published in 1943 (novel); Oct - Nov 1942 (magazine).
Laura was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1999.
Academy Awards 1944 --- Ceremony Number 17 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Supporting Actor||Clifton Webb||Nominated|
|Best Art Direction||Art Direction: Lyle Wheeler, Leland Fuller; Interior Decoration: Thomas Little||Nominated|
|Best Cinematography||Joseph LaShelle||Won|
|Best Director||Otto Preminger||Nominated|
|Best Writing||Jay Dratler, Samuel Hoffenstein, Betty Reinhardt||Nominated|
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Shelby Carpenter: I was. I hadn't expected that mistake.
Mark MacPherson: But you had your alibi ready no matter who was dead.
Waldo Lydecker: [narrating off screen] I shall never forget the weekend Laura died. A silver sun burned through the sky like a huge magnifying glass. It was the hottest Sunday in my recollection. I felt as if I were the only human being left in New York. For with Laura's horrible death, I was alone. I, Waldo Lydecker, was the only one who really knew her, and I had just begun to write Laura's story when another of those detectives came to see me. I had him wait. I could watch him through the half-open door.
Waldo Lydecker: I noted that his attention was fixed upon my clock. There was only one other in existence, and that was in Laura's apartment, in the very room where she was murdered.
Waldo Lydecker: In my case, self-absorption is completely justified. I have never discovered any other subject quite so worthy of my attention.
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Vera Caspary's novel "Laura" falls into five sections and five separate voices, telling its story from the viewpoint of each of its principal characters. It was too cumbersome a structure for a 1940s mystery, so the script (by Jay Dratler and others) simplifies and concentrates the narrative for director Otto Preminger to play with.
"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on August 20, 1945 with Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews and Clifton Webb reprising their film roles.
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