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Laura(1944)

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Trivia

  • The film was begun by Rouben Mamoulian, but Otto Preminger, who initiated the project as producer and took over the direction, brought on a new cameraman and scrapped all of Mamoulian's footage.
  • The character of Waldo Lydecker appears to be based on the columnist, broadcaster, and "New Yorker" theater critic Alexander Woollcott, a famous wit who, like Waldo, was fascinated by murder. Woollcott always dined at the Algonquin Hotel, where Laura first approaches Waldo.
  • Darryl F. Zanuck was opposed to casting Clifton Webb because of his known homosexuality, but Preminger prevailed and the 54-year-old Webb, making his first screen appearance since the silent era, was nominated for an Oscar.
  • The portrait of Laura is, in fact, a photograph done over with oil paint.
  • The original choice for the role of Laura was Jennifer Jones, who turned it down
  • The film as we see it now is without its original ending. Apparently, the shooting scene at the end of the movie was originally filmed from a different angle, and an ending was scripted wherein the whole story turns out to have been nothing but a dream. However, this ending didn't work and was deleted from the final product; also, Preminger reshot the shooting scene from a different angle.

Contributions

  • LYDECKER44 (2007-05-29)

    Source: The script sent to me years ago by Mr. Preminger for translation

    The final paragraph of your "trivia" section is rudimentary and confusing. A whole section of the film - not just the "ending" - was reshot based on some 20 new pages. Initially, Laura went to Waldo's after discovering the rifle, and tried to help him run away. The editing does not totally obscure the switch, which is even more obvious when you study (as I did) the complete script which includes both versions of the film. The "it was all a dream" gimmick might have been used in some previous version, but was not shot as such. Re the casting : Monty Woolley was announced in 1943 for the part of Waldo. This underlines the Alexander Woolcott/Lydecker connection, in as much as Woolley was famous for playing Woolcott's obnoxious alter ego in The Man Who Came to Dinner.

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