DVD - 2004
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A detective is hired to find out who killed their daughter. Soon, he falls in love with her picture.
Publisher: [Beverly Hills, CA] : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2004
Branch Call Number: MOVIE LAU
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (87 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Dec 04, 2017

Highly Improbable. Indeed!

Laura is one of those annoyingly over-rated, expensively-produced, star-vehicle films from the 1940s that's really not as good as it initially appears to be.

It actually takes at least 2 viewings of Laura for one to realize that under all of the highly-polished Hollywood gloss, refinement, and glitter, it really is a very dumb movie, as only a movie from the 1940s could ever possibly be.

OK. I am quite willing to admit that, yes, Laura is the sort of film that does look like a million bucks all around (It won an Oscar for cinematography). And, yes, that Laura does contain some very clever and well-calculated plot twists and turns - But when its story finally unravels and straightens itself out, it definitely leaves the viewer somewhat dumbfounded, scratching their head in sheer frustration, and saying far too often - "Hey! You know, that's really, really dumb!"

Feb 11, 2017

Worthy of so many of its accolades and Oscar nominations, this is a wonderful noir/mystery, a pure delight from start to finish. Easily now in my favorite movies of all time list. The young Vincent Price will delight, Clifton Webb is spot on, and Gene Tierney is a scene stealer. Excellent film.

Nov 21, 2015

The library's description of this classic film noir is inaccurate. Note: If you have never watched this film, do NOT read any reviews of it before your viewing. This film is nearly unique within the genre and so beloved by its admirers that it is easy for reviewers to inadvertently divulge spoilers.

Apr 03, 2014

The ultimate Gene Tierney flick. Tierney's allure makes Andrew's obsession with, not just solving her murder, but falling in love with a dead woman absolutely believable. Supporting cast is perfection. Andrew's no nonsense detective is the perfect foil for the high society eccentrics, all suspects, he must one by one, thread his way through, to get at the truth. This is the most perfect murder mystery of all time.

Jan 02, 2013

I have watched this film several times over the years and still enjoy it after each viewing. The musical theme is haunting, and the cast, both the stars and the supporting players, are a joy to watch.

Apr 02, 2012

Although I did enjoy this highly celebrated Otto Preminger classic, I wasn't as flabbergasted as I expected to be, after all of its hype. I may be overly critical, but several things just didn't FEEL right with it. Coincidentally, I read Roger Ebert's review, and he voiced most of my issues with it perfectly. Quote: " ''Laura" (1944) has a detective who never goes to the station; a suspect who is invited to tag along as other suspects are interrogated; a heroine who is dead for most of the film; a man insanely jealous of a woman even though he never for a moment seems heterosexual; a romantic lead who is a dull-witted Kentucky bumpkin moving in Manhattan penthouse society, and a murder weapon that is returned to its hiding place by the cop, who will ''come by for it in the morning.'' The only nude scene involves the jealous man and the cop." End quote. I don't know what Laura saw in Waldo from the get-go. He was creepy (and twice her age). Shelby was no prize either. And what was up with Detective McPherson and that ball bearing baseball game? Anyways, Gene Tierney (who had a really sad life off screen) was an absolutely stunning beauty, and she alone made the movie enjoyable for me.

EuSei Aug 23, 2011

Laura is one of my favorite movies. I watch it more than once a year. Gene Thierney and Dana Andrews are gorgeously young and beautiful. And Clifton Webb in his second best role—the first being in Cheaper by the Dozen.


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Apr 03, 2012

Waldo Lydecker (narrating): "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. (clock chimes) 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."

Apr 03, 2012

Waldo Lydecker: "Tell me, why did they have to photograph her in that horrible condition?" Detective Mark McPherson: "When a dame gets killed, she doesn't worry about how she looks." Waldo Lydecker: "Will you stop calling her a dame?"

Apr 03, 2012

Shelby Carpenter (to Laura): "I forgot to tell you, I also read palms, I swallow swords, I mend my own socks, I never eat garlic or onions, what more could you want of a man?"

Apr 03, 2012

Waldo Lydecker (to Laura): "In my case, self-absorption is completely justified. I have never discovered any other subject quite so worthy of my attention."

Apr 03, 2012

Waldo Lydecker (to Laura): "Young woman, either you have been raised in some incredibly rustic community, where good manners are unknown, or you suffer from the common feminine delusion that the mere fact of being a woman exempts you from the rules of civilized conduct. Or possibly both."

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