i really love the first scene, the pan shot without pause by a dolly-in, accompanied with a monologue that feels hypnotizing like the rest of the film, while in the middle it falls into noir-cliché cycle, it's still a brilliant, moody, suave thriller with a great performance by charismatic Dana Andrews
I was so confused at the supposed dream scene! I was honestly dumbfounded that she was alive, was not expecting it. Bravo Otto! I love Gene and Dana together..When Laura is brought into questioning by Gene the lighting used on her face is brilliant, an angel yet a possible femme fatale. I assumed Shelby would be the one who committed the murder as of most of Vincent's roles are macabre/clandestine
Every dialogue from the characters, especially Waldo Lydecker - brilliantly portrayed by Clifton Webb, and Laura Hunt played by one of the greatest Hollywood beauties Gene Tierney. It's kind strange to see young Vincent Price before his horror icon era. The suspense in this film is marvelous. Clifton Webb might be my new favorite actor of the old Hollywood age. His performance was so ethereal and poetic.
i'm a sucker for murder mysteries with borderline cheesy twists. beyond the plot, though, preminger packs in visual cues that are neat to track over the course of the movie. some seem unimportant at first and become important later (the twin clocks, detective mcpherson's toy, laura's portrait, etc).