Otto Preminger (1944)

PG Certificate


Our Score
"I shall never forget the night Laura died..." begins the narrator, and neither will you. This taut romantic mystery, in which New York detective Dana Andrews falls in love with a portrait, encapsulates what film noir is all about. Otto Preminger's moody, stark direction is greatly helped by the casting of beautiful Gene Tierney in the title role, a southern-accented Vincent Price as a smarmy gigolo and the incomparable Clifton Webb as caustic columnist Waldo Lydecker. The David Raksin score is, quite simply, matchless. If you've never seen it, don't miss, and don't be put off by the film's now classic status - it's a rattling good thriller and bears watching time and time again.


A woman presumed murdered turns up alive and well, confounding the suspicions of the New York detective working on the case, who thought the killer could have been one of her many socialite friends. Meanwhile, he finds himself irresistibly drawn to her as he tries to establish the victim's real identity. Mystery, with Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb and Vincent Price.

Cast & Crew

Laura Hunt Gene Tierney
Det Mark McPherson Dana Andrews
Waldo Lydecker Clifton Webb
Shelby Carpenter Vincent Price
Ann Treadwell Judith Anderson
Bessie Clary Dorothy Adams
McAvity James Flavin
Bullitt Clyde Fillmore
Fred Callahan Ralph Dunn
Corey Grant Mitchell
Louise Kathleen Howard
Servant Lee Tung Foo
Inspector Cy Kendall
Detective Harold Schlickenmayer
Detective Harry Strang
Detective Lane Chandler
Hairdresser Frank La Rue
Office boy Buster Miles
Secretary Jane Nigh
Jacoby John Dexter
Director Otto Preminger
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: BFIAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 24 Feb 2012