Classic Movie Of The Week 2017

Classic Movie Of The Week: Laura (1944)

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Starring: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price

Director: Otto Preminger

While investigating the murder of Laura, the detective in charge finds himself falling under the dead woman’s spell, but all is not what it seems.

Everyone is in love with Laura (Tierney) who sparkles and shines in the memories of those who loved and have now lost her, as they tell their stories to the investigating detective (Andrews). Two men who have vied for her affection, cad Shelby (Price) and obsessive Lydecker (Webb), and both are prime suspects, but did they do it? Or is there an even more dangerous game going on?

It’s a film with twists and turns, and Tierney is fascinating as the light that draws the characters to her like moths. Webb as Lydecker is truly wicked, with his obsession with creating  Laura in his image of her, and trying to pull her into his web, not caring is he hurts her in the process. It’s also delightful to see a very young Price before his roles in Hammer Horror films, and he’s delightful as a young playboy.

For those of you who haven’t seen this film, I don’t want to say too  much, but there’s such a great twist in this film that I really love. It’s a masterful plot and one that will keep you guessing.

Not many years after this film was made, Tierney was diagnosed with mental illness, and put into an asylum, which used shock therapy to try to cure her. Though she almost escaped once, she was taken back, and the cruelty of her treatment and therapy there made her an outspoken advocate of ending shock therapy and changing mental health practices and stigmas. However, her career as a big star was over, though she did manage to secure roles later in life. She’s a tragic and beautiful figure on the landscape of classic Hollywood, and one worth reading up on if you like Hollywood history.

See It If: Classic movie lovers, those who love an intrigue, or film noir aficionados have to add this film to their watch list.

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24 thoughts on “Classic Movie Of The Week: Laura (1944)”

  1. I’ve started an older series genre myself, so it’s always great to come past such movies on yours. Noir movies are certainly my favourite type of drink to soak up and be immersed in. I’ll be sure to add this to my list. A delightful read Hermione.

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  2. I haven’t seen this movie, but I always love it when a movie has a great twist in it (or in this case even multiple twists 😊). Thanks for sharing this one, I don’t know exactly when I will get around to seeing this one, but I have added it to my classic to watch list 😊 Great post as usual 😀

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