Laura, with Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb and Vincent Price. Directed by Sandra Lindo and Otto Preminger
JOHN: I saw this movie first when I was a kid and still remember parts of it.
SPANKY: It is haunting, especially when the police detective falls asleep in Laura’s apartment (she has supposedly been murdered) and wakes up to her alive, standing in front of him.
JOHN: The plot is twisted but makes sense. And the black and white, at least in the Netflix revival, gives the whole thing dream-like mystery and old-fashioned movie glamour. We just don’t experience these anymore.
SPANKY: Vincent price is effective and somewhat subdued and the rest of the cast is just right for the story.
JOHN: The ending also leaves you thinking. The murder of the actual girl is done out of love for Laura. And we, the audience, and the smitten detective, have that same protective feeling, don’t we?
SPANKY: Makes you think about it…for sixty years.
SPANKY: 4 Barks out of 4 JOHN: 4 GOs out of 4