One of the most romantic of all film noirs stars Dana Andrews as a police detective who finds himself falling for a gorgeous murder victim. The top-notch cast includes Gene Tierney as the beautiful woman who may hold the key to the mystery, Vincent Price as a gigolo, and Clifton Webb, nominated for his breakout performance as the brittle newspaper columnist Waldo Lydecker. The film also received Oscar nominations for its directing, screenplay, and black-and-white art direction, and won for the black-and-white cinematography of Joseph LaShelle, whose elegantly roving camera helps sustain the swooning tension, bolstered by David Raksin’s classic score. 

DIRECTED BY: Otto Preminger. WRITTEN BY: Jay Dratler, Samuel Hoffenstein, Betty Reinhardt. WITH: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price. 1944. 88 min. USA. B&W. English. 35mm. 

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