So, without further ado I shall introduce you to...
She (Gene Tierney) enters as many of us wish we could, a portrait of loveliness. Picture perfect in every way, she smiles down at the men who admire her from afar. Standing in loving homage to her impeccability are two men from her past and one from her future-
well, sort of...
The two men (Clifton Webb & Vincent Price) already love her passionately and the third (on the left: Dana Andrews! Isn't he delicious?)will love her, he just doesn't know it yet! The problem? She has been murdered and the introing Detective Lt. Mark McPherson is the one who has to find out who the murderer is! His investigation leads him through the dead woman's past as Laura's long time friend Waldo Lydecker (played by Webb) shares the details with a bit too much delicious detail and from the other man in her life, her fiance, Shelby Carpenter (played by V. Price).
As the details unfold, the detective finds himself inexorably drawn to the woman and the apartment beyond what is necessary as he draws closer to her killer. However, in a sudden twist the case takes a turn which makes the detective rethink the whole case. (no spoilers here!)
Oscar Winner of Best Cinematography: Joseph LaShelle
Also Nominated for...
best actor in a supporting role: Clifton Webb;
Best Art direction!
Best Direction: Otto Preminger;
Best screenplay: Jay Dratler, Samuel Hoffenstein,and Elizabeth Reinhardt
Waldo Lydecker: I don't use a pen. I write with a goose quill dipped in venom.
Waldo introduces us to Laura [Scene deleted from theater version and restored in 1990] "She was quick to seize upon anything that would improve her mind or her appearance. Laura had innate breeding, but she deferred to my judgment and taste. I selected a more attractive hairdress for her. I taught her what clothes were more becoming to her. Through me, she met everyone: The famous and the infamous. Her youth and beauty, her poise and charm of manner captivated them all. She had warmth, vitality. She had authentic magnetism. Wherever we went, she stood out. Men admired her; women envied her.
And it's also got a great theme song which I love!