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: For the last time, Louise, will you marry me?
Louise, Ann's Cook: No, but I cooked some chicken liver for you.
Waldo Lydecker: My dear, either you were born on a extremely rustic community, where good manners are unknown, or you suffer from a common feminine delusion that the mere fact of being a woman exempts you from the rules of civilized conduct.
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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 first cut of the film included a sequence in which Vincent Price sings a song and accompanies himself on the piano. Twentieth Century-Fox's PR department planted stories declaring that Price (who sang with the Yale Glee Club and had a song in The House of the Seven Gables) would become the next Perry Como. The number was cut, however, and Price's singing "career" never happened.
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