Wednesday, April 11, 2007

DVD Pick -->Laura (1944)

"Across my home has grown the shadow
Of a cruel and senseless hand,
Though in some strong hearts
The love and truth remain."
Jackson Browne
NO SPOILERS:
In this black and white murder mystery where absolutely no one tells the truth and everyone has an ulterior motive, it is easy to get caught up in the web director Otto Preminger spins in his 1944 offering, "Laura".

This who-dun-it film revolves around a beautiful, well to do young woman named Laura who may or may not have been murdered.

When Detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) takes over the case, he discovers that the prime suspects include, but are not limited to, the snobbish Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb in an Oscar nominated role), and user/loser Shelby (a very young Vincent Price).
Price is known for playing every role as if he is keeping a naughty secret and can barely keep from blabbing. This has always been one of his endearing traits in the cult movie world.

Thankfully, in this film, he doesn't disappoint and delivers the pizza with the same toppings. Good stuff.
Det. McPherson admiring Laura's portrait.

Preminger purposely misdirects the viewer at every turn making it wonderfully difficult to pick out the true villain. In fact, everyone loves Laura, but the entire cast has such disturbing characteristics that they all make for a sorry lot.

But, oh, the fun of a good mystery!

Must See Moment: Watch for ladies' man wannabe Shelby try to work his mojo on the dames.

Casey

Jackson Browne-->"Our Lady Of The Well" off For Everyman (1973)
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