Synopsis: Detective Mark McPherson investigates the killing of Laura, found dead on her apartment floor before the movie starts. McPherson builds a mental picture of the dead girl from the suspects whom he interviews. He is helped by the striking painting of the late lamented Laura hanging on her apartment wall. But who would have wanted to kill a girl with whom every man she met seemed to fall in love? To make matters worse, McPherson finds himself falling under her spell too. Then one night, halfway through his investigations, something seriously bizarre happens to make him re-think the whole case.
Director(s): Otto Preminger
Production: 20th Century Fox
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
88 min

with her on that point.

She thought me also

the kindest...

the gentlest...

the most sympathetic man

in the world.

Did you agree

with her there too?


you won't understand this...

but I tried to become

the kindest, the gentlest...

the most sympathetic man

in the world.

Have any luck?

Let me put it this way.

I should be sincerely sorry to see my

neighbors' children devoured by wolves.

Shall we go?

- Good morning, Lieutenant.

- Good morning, Mrs. Treadwell.

- Waldo.

- Good morning, Ann.

- I've just taken over the Laura Hunt case.

- Won't you sit down?

Thanks. I have

all the reports...

but there are a few more questions

I'd like to ask.

Certainly. I'll do anything

I can to help.

You were fond of your niece,

Mrs. Treadwell?

Why, I adored her.


No, thanks. You collapsed when

you identified the body.

I can quite understand that. A shotgun

loaded with buckshot, close range.

- It's not very nice to look at.

- It was horrible.

Her maid Bessie, I suppose

she was devoted to Miss Hunt?

Oh, she worshipped her.

Laura had had her for years.

I'll never forget her scream

when she saw Laura lying there.

Did you approve of Miss Hunt's coming

marriage to Mr. Carpenter?

Why? Shouldn't I approve?

I don't know. What is your relationship

with Mr. Carpenter?

What do you mean?

What I mean is, he's been

a frequent guest in your home.

Is he an acquaintance? Friend?

Are you in love with him?

This is beginning to assume

fabulous aspects.

Oh, shut up, Waldo!

What are you driving at?

The truth, Mrs. Treadwell.

Are you in love with him?

Why, no. I'm- I'm very fond

of Mr. Carpenter, of course.

- Everybody is.

- I'm not. I'll be hanged if I am.

Oh, don't be

so annoying, Waldo!

Did you give

Mr. Carpenter money?

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Vera Caspary

Vera Louise Caspary (November 13, 1899 – June 13, 1987) was an American writer of novels, plays, screenplays, and short stories. Her best-known novel, Laura, was made into a highly successful movie. Though she claimed she was not a "real" mystery writer, her novels effectively merged women's quest for identity and love with murder plots. Independence is the key to her protagonists, with her novels revolving around women who are menaced, but who turn out to be neither victimized nor rescued damsels.Following her father's death, the income from Caspary's writing was at times only just sufficient to support both herself and her mother, and during the Great Depression she became interested in Socialist causes. Caspary joined the Communist party under an alias, but not being totally committed and at odds with its code of secrecy, she claimed to have confined her activities to fund-raising and hosting meetings. Caspary visited Russia in an attempt to confirm her beliefs, but became disillusioned and wished to resign from the Party, although she continued to contribute money and support similar causes. She eventually married her lover and writing collaborator of six years, Isidor "Igee" Goldsmith; but despite this being a successful partnership, her Communist connections would later lead to her being "graylisted", temporarily yet significantly affecting their offers of work and income. The couple split their time between Hollywood and Europe until Igee's death in 1964, after which Caspary remained in New York where she would write a further eight books. more…

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