Tuesday, June 21, 2011
TOP 300 MOVIES OF ALL TIME: #244 " LAURA" (1944)
Gene Tierney was progressively being groomed by Darryl Zanuck at 20th Century Fox for stardom and this film made her a superstar. She plays her character cooly having arrived suddenly at her abode only to discover everyone thinks she's dead.
Clifton Webb had not made a film in over twenty years and this role as Waldo Lydecker would propel him to stardom well past middle age portraying the odd combination leading man/father figure in films like "Cheaper By the Dozen". Later on as Mr. Belvedere in "Sitting Pretty" for which he was nominated for an Oscar. He was a gifted actor that gave class and dignity to a film that defines both qualities.
Everyone is at their best in "Laura" and is a genuine essential.