This is one of the finest examples of film noir and a deserved classic. Although the cast (and even the head of Twentieth Century Fox, Darryl F. Zanuck) had issues with the director, Otto Preminger, his debut film is a triumph.
Laura is an enjoyable tale of obsession, jealousy, and deceit. With the clever screenplay by Jay Dratler, Samuel Hoffenstein and Elizabeth Reinhard (based on the novels by Vera Caspar) and a haunting score by David Raskin, this is a film noir to remember. RATING *****