Laura (1944)

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Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

USA, 1944.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by , , , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by . Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1944.

Great murder mystery about an obsession that borders on necrophilia.  plays a police detective assigned to a homicide case when a prominent socialite () 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.

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