|The Cast of Laura at the WCT|
|Steve Sullivan as hard-boiled cop Mark McPherson|
As this tough cop probes the mystery of Laura's death, he becomes obsessed with her strange power. He soon realizes he has been seduced - by a dead woman!
Or has he?
|Jay Miramontes plays Shelby Carpenter|
Preminger liked the high-society setting and the unusual plot twist, but felt it needed reworking and so the project was shelved. Caspary eventually adapted the play into a novel by the same title, and a sequel entitled simply, Laura.
Film rights to both books were eventually purchased by 20th Century Fox.
Preminger was then assigned the task of developing the books for the screen. He liked the character of Waldo and expanded the role accordingly, much to author Caspary's distress. It appears the two never really got along.
|Norman Dostal plays Waldo Lydecker, charismatic newspaper columnist|
The film also had Clifton Webb cast as Waldo Lydecker, Vincent Price as Shelby Carpenter and Judith Anderson as character named Ann Treadwell.
Darryl F. Zanuck was initially unhappy with Preminger's first cut of the film. He insisted on giving it a new ending. However, the new ending didn't work and Zanuck finally relented, telling Preminger, "This is your success. I concede."
|Candy Beck as loyal housekeeper Bessie McClary|
|Amy Anderson as "a girl"|
|Julie Breihan as Mrs. Dorgan|
|Kieran Flanagan as Mrs. Dorgan's boy, Danny|
|John Francis as Olsen|
Noted film critic, Roger Ebert, once wrote:
"...Laura continues to weave a spell."
Laura is currently weaving her spell on the Whittier Community Theatre stage. The production, directed by WCT veteran director, Suzanne Frederickson, and produced by Karen Jacobsen, opens on Valentine's Day.
Performances are: February 14, 15, 21, 22, 23 (matinee), 28 and March 1st.
Tickets are $15 for Adults, and $10 for Senior Adults, Students and Military with I.D. For Reservations call 562-696-0600, or go to www.whittiercommunitytheatre.org
Tickets are also available on Goldstar.
Come see this American film noir classic on stage!
According to the Rotten Tomatoes site, it is both a "psychologically complex portrait of obsession" and a "deliciously well-crafted murder mystery".
Photos by Lindsay Jacobson