Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB. USA, 1944. Twentieth Century Fox. Screenplay by Jay Dratler, Samuel Hoffenstein, Elizabeth Reinhardt, based on the novel by Vera Caspary. Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle. Produced by Otto Preminger. Music by David Raksin. Production Design by Leland Fuller, Lyle R. Wheeler. Costume Design by Bonnie Cashin. Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler. Academy Awards 1944.
Great murder mystery about an obsession that borders on necrophilia. Dana Andrews plays a police detective assigned to a homicide case when a prominent socialite (Gene Tierney) is assumed dead. His probing into her personal life, which includes the constant questioning of foppish friend Clifton Webb (who probably had his best role ever in this film), finally takes him over and he is hopelessly in love with this lost woman. Is she as dead as everyone thinks she is? The plot thickens! Excellent cinematography, great characters, a true classic.