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But Mark then wakes up to see Laura in the apartment. It turned out another woman was murdered in that place, but the body was so mutilated that [[ScienceMarchesOn there was no way to identify it at the time]], and Laura was away [[TechMarchesOn without a means to hear about what happened]].

Now that the apparent target is still alive, it becomes doubly important to find the killer.


* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Mark first meets Waldo in Waldo's spacious bathroom, where Waldo is naked in the bath. This demonstrates Waldo's monolithic confidence in himself and need to dictate terms in all situations, whilst his luxurious apartment shows his [[ConspicuousConsumption wealth and pride in it]]. He even stands up naked, albeit only after Mark has handed him a washcloth and turned his back. It's also an EstablishingCharacterMoment for Mark McPherson as Waldo describes an incident when McPherson had a shoot-out with a gangster and won but was left with a silver shin-bone. This further demonstrates how well-read Waldo is and his need to be [[ControlFreak the narrator of life]].

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Mark first meets Waldo in Waldo's spacious bathroom, where Waldo is naked in the bath. This demonstrates Waldo's monolithic confidence in himself and need to dictate terms in all situations, whilst his luxurious apartment shows his [[ConspicuousConsumption wealth and pride in it]]. He even stands up naked, albeit only after Mark has handed him a washcloth and turned his back. It's also an EstablishingCharacterMoment for Mark McPherson [=McPherson=] as Waldo describes an incident when McPherson [=McPherson=] had a shoot-out with a gangster and won but was left with a silver shin-bone. This further demonstrates how well-read Waldo is and his need to be [[ControlFreak the narrator of life]].



** Waldo as well, barely flinching when the much bigger Shelby Carpenter goes to hit him, merely disguising his irritation by snarking at McPherson for playing with his puzzle. Throughout the film, while everyone else is afraid of being accused of Laura's murder, he never by word or gesture expresses guilt or nervousness. Even when Mark announces that Laura's attempted murderer is in the room and walks around, looking every person in the eye, most of them are terrified but Waldo remains completely unflappable. [[spoiler:Even more impressive, considering he did it]].

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** Waldo as well, barely flinching when the much bigger Shelby Carpenter goes to hit him, merely disguising his irritation by snarking at McPherson [=McPherson=] for playing with his puzzle. Throughout the film, while everyone else is afraid of being accused of Laura's murder, he never by word or gesture expresses guilt or nervousness. Even when Mark announces that Laura's attempted murderer is in the room and walks around, looking every person in the eye, most of them are terrified but Waldo remains completely unflappable. [[spoiler:Even more impressive, considering he did it]].


* {{Fainting}}: Waldo faints when [[spoiler: he sees Laura alive.]]

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Mark first meets Waldo in Waldo's spacious bathroom, where Waldo is naked in the bath. This demonstrates Waldo's monolithic confidence in himself and need to dictate terms in all situations, whilst his luxurious apartment shows his [[ConspicuousConsumption wealth and pride in it]]. He even stands up naked, albeit only after Mark has handed him a washcloth and turned his back. It's also an EstablishingCharacterMoment for Mark McPherson as Waldo describes an incident when McPherson had a shoot-out with a gangster and won but was left with a silver shin-bone. This further demonstrates how well-read Waldo is and his need to be [[ControlFreak the narrator of life]].
* {{Fainting}}: Waldo faints collapses when [[spoiler: he sees Laura alive.]]]] He says that it's epilepsy and runs in the family.



* FullFrontalNudity: Mark first meets Waldo in Waldo's bathroom, where Waldo is naked in the bath. This is an EstablishingCharacterMoment as it demonstrates Waldo's monolithic confidence in himself and need to dictate terms in all situations, whilst the spacious bathroom shows his [[ConspicuousConsumption wealth and pride in it]]. He even stands up naked, albeit only after Mark has handed him a washcloth and turned his back.


** In the book, Waldo Lydecker is fat, whereas in the movie he is quite slim.

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** In the book, Waldo Lydecker is fat, obese, whereas in the movie he is quite slim.played by the very slim Clifton Webb.



%% * TheDandy: Waldo.

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%% * TheDandy: Waldo.Waldo has a very natty dress sense and is known for his walking stick and his white carnation.



* FullFrontalNudity: Mark first meets Waldo in Waldo's bathroom, where Waldo is naked in the bath. This is an EstablishingCharacterMoment as it demonstrates Waldo's monolithic confidence in himself and need to dictate terms in all situations, whilst the spacious bathroom shows his [[ConspicuousConsumption wealth and pride in it]]. He even stands up naked, albeit only after Mark has handed him a washcloth and turned his back.



* ItsAllAboutMe: Waldo is highly self-centered. His recollections of Laura are all through the filter of how awesome he is.

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* ItsAllAboutMe: Waldo is highly self-centered. self-centered, to the point that it sometimes falls squarely into AGodAmI territory. His recollections of Laura are all through the filter of how divinely awesome he is.



%% * LoveMakesYouCrazy: [[spoiler:''Waldo.'' His final speech.]]

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%% * LoveMakesYouCrazy: [[spoiler:''Waldo.'' His [[spoiler:Waldo's final speech.speech confirms this in his case.]]



* UnreliableNarrator: One section of the book is narrated in first person by the character who is later revealed as the killer. Needless to say, this character never gets around in all that time to mentioning that ''they'' actually committed the crime.

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** Waldo as well, barely flinching when the much bigger Shelby Carpenter goes to hit him, merely disguising his irritation by snarking at McPherson for playing with his puzzle. Throughout the film, while everyone else is afraid of being accused of Laura's murder, he never by word or gesture expresses guilt or nervousness. Even when Mark announces that Laura's attempted murderer is in the room and walks around, looking every person in the eye, most of them are terrified but Waldo remains completely unflappable. [[spoiler:Even more impressive, considering he did it]].
* UnreliableNarrator: One section of the book is narrated in first person by the character who is later revealed as the killer. Needless to say, this character never gets around in all that time to mentioning that ''they'' actually committed the crime.crime, although nor do they ever say that they didn't.


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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Mark always has his rolling ball maze on hand, causing no amount of annoyance to Waldo while he is being questioned.

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%% * BunnyEarsLawyer: Mark always has his rolling ball maze on hand, causing no amount of annoyance to Waldo while he is being questioned.


''Laura'' is a 1943 novel by Vera Caspary. Originally, the story was supposed to be a play, but, after it failed to materialize, it was written into as a book. The novel was adapted into a classic 1944 film starring Creator/GeneTierney, Creator/DanaAndrews, Creator/CliftonWebb, and Creator/VincentPrice. It was also later adapted into a TV play.

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''Laura'' is a 1943 novel by Vera Caspary. Originally, the story was supposed to be a play, but, after it failed to materialize, it was written into as a book. The novel was adapted into a classic 1944 film starring Creator/GeneTierney, Creator/DanaAndrews, Creator/CliftonWebb, and Creator/VincentPrice. The film is one of the first to be labelled FilmNoir, being one of the TropeMakers of the genre. It was also later adapted into a TV play.



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* ConspicuousConsumption: There is a montage of all the pretty clothes Waldo bought Laura.

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* ConspicuousConsumption: There is a montage of all the pretty and very expensive clothes Waldo bought Laura.



* TheDandy: Waldo again.
* DeadpanSnarker: Waldo, in spades.

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%% * TheDandy: Waldo again.
* DeadpanSnarker: Waldo, in spades.
Waldo.



* FeminineWomenCanCook: somewhat invoked. Mark assumes career woman Laura won't be able to cook, and offers to make breakfast. Turns out she can cook extremely well.

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* FeminineWomenCanCook: somewhat invoked. Mark assumes career woman Laura won't be able to cook, and offers to make breakfast. Turns out she can cook extremely well.



* HardboiledDetective: [=McPherson=] affects this manner, despite being legitimate police.
** In fact, [=McPherson=] isn't actually that hardboiled at all. This is lampshaded in the book, in which Laura echoes author Vera Caspary's own disdain for that type of detective.
--->“In detective stories there are two kinds, the hardboiled ones who are always drunk and talk out the corners of their mouths and do it all by instinct; and the cold, dry, scientific kind who split hairs under a microscope.”
--->“Which do you prefer?”
--->“Neither,” she said. “I don’t like people who make their livings out of spying and poking into people’s lives. Detectives aren’t heroes to me, they’re detestable.”

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* HardboiledDetective: [=McPherson=] affects this manner, despite being legitimate police.
** In fact,
police. Turns out [=McPherson=] isn't actually that hardboiled at all. This is lampshaded in the book, in which Laura echoes author Vera Caspary's own disdain for that type of detective.
--->“In -->"In detective stories there are two kinds, the hardboiled ones who are always drunk and talk out the corners of their mouths and do it all by instinct; and the cold, dry, scientific kind who split hairs under a microscope.
--->“Which
"
-->"Which
do you prefer?”
--->“Neither,”
prefer?"
-->"Neither,"
she said. “I "I don’t like people who make their livings out of spying and poking into people’s lives. Detectives aren’t heroes to me, they’re they're detestable."



* LoveAtFirstSight: Technically Mark falls in love with Laura before he meets her, but it takes all of one day for Laura to start returning his interest.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: [[spoiler:''Waldo.'' His final speech is this in a nutshell.]]
* LovingAShadow: Subverted. It turns out Laura is pretty much what Mark imagined her to be, even if it's not clear if they end up together.
* MayDecemberRomance: Lydecker mentions that he first met Laura when she was ''seventeen.''

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* LoveAtFirstSight: Technically Mark falls in love with Laura before he even meets her.
* LoveBeforeFirstSight:
Mark falls in love with Laura before he meets her, but it takes all of one day for Laura to start returning his affection and interest.
%% * LoveMakesYouCrazy: [[spoiler:''Waldo.'' His final speech is this in a nutshell.]]
* LovingAShadow: Subverted. It turns out Laura is pretty much what Mark imagined her to be, even if it's not clear if they end up together.
* MayDecemberRomance: Lydecker mentions that he first met Laura when she was ''seventeen.''
speech.]]



* NiceHat: Laura and Ann both wear a selection of them.

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%% * NiceHat: Laura and Ann both wear a selection of them.



** [[spoiler:Shelby]] also turns out to be this.

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** %%** [[spoiler:Shelby]] also turns out to be this.a Red Herring.



* StartsWithTheirFuneral: Laura's, even though it turned out to be mistaken.

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* StartsWithTheirFuneral: Laura's, The story starts with Laura's funeral, even though it turned out to be mistaken.



* TropeMaker: ''Laura'' is one of the first movies to have been labeled as "film noir."



* WestminsterChimes: Laura's grandfather clock, which Waldo has a duplicate of, uses this.

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* WestminsterChimes: Laura's grandfather clock, which Waldo has a duplicate of, uses this.London's Westminster's chimes.


* CrazyJealousGuy: Waldo seems to feel that no other man is worthy of Laura's affection. He uses his column to destroy the career of the painter of her portrait, openly loathes Shelby, chides Mark for his seeming posthumous interest in her, and, in the climax, we learn that [[spoiler:he was the murderer, seemingly driven to {{Yandere}} status by his obsession with Laura]].

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* CrazyJealousGuy: Waldo seems to feel that no other man is worthy of Laura's affection. He uses his column to destroy the career of the painter of her portrait, openly loathes Shelby, chides Mark for his seeming posthumous interest in her, and, in the climax, we learn that [[spoiler:he was the murderer, seemingly driven to {{Yandere}} status by his obsession with Laura]].


* CrazyJealousGuy: Waldo seems to feel that no other man is worthy of Laura's affection. He uses his column to destroy the career of the painter of her portrait, openly loathes Shelby, chides Mark for his seeming posthumous interest in her, and, in the climax, we learn that [[spoiler:he was the murderer, seeming driven to {{Yandere}} status by his obsession with Laura]].

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* CrazyJealousGuy: Waldo seems to feel that no other man is worthy of Laura's affection. He uses his column to destroy the career of the painter of her portrait, openly loathes Shelby, chides Mark for his seeming posthumous interest in her, and, in the climax, we learn that [[spoiler:he was the murderer, seeming seemingly driven to {{Yandere}} status by his obsession with Laura]].


* CampStraight: Waldo.

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* CampStraight: Waldo.Waldo has almost every gay mannerism in the book, but is in love with Laura.



* CrazyJealousGuy: Waldo seems to feel that no other man is worthy of Laura's affection. He uses his column to destroy the career of the painter of her portrait, openly loathes Shelby, chides Mark for his seeming posthumous interest in her, and, in the climax, we learn that [[spoiler:he was the murderer, seeming driven to {{Yandere}} status by his obsession with Laura]].



* NeverASelfMadeWoman: Laura has natural charisma and intelligence, but she was stuck as a lowly office worker before Waldo's guiding hand and networking connections gave her the boost she needed. [[spoiler:This fact also gives Waldo a sense of entitlement towards Laura, as he's the one who got her off the ground in the first place.]]

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* NeverASelfMadeWoman: Laura has natural charisma and intelligence, but she was stuck as a lowly office worker before Waldo's guiding hand and networking connections gave her the boost she needed. [[spoiler:This fact also gives Waldo a sense of entitlement towards Laura, as he's the one who got her off the ground in the first place.]]]] Though, given how egotistical Waldo is, this might be a highly self-serving account by an UnreliableNarrator.



* WestminsterChimes: The doorbell in Laura's home.
* {{Yandere}}: [[spoiler:Waldo turns out to be this.]]

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* WestminsterChimes: The doorbell in Laura's home.
* {{Yandere}}: [[spoiler:Waldo turns out to be
grandfather clock, which Waldo has a duplicate of, uses this.]]


** In the book, Laura is painted wearing a hunting outfit. This outfit, plus the fact there are no pictures of anyone else in her apartment, serves to emphasize her self-reliance (an unusual thing in a woman of that era, and also an echo of author Vera Caspery's own self-reliance). In the movie, she is painted in a negligee, emphasizing her attractiveness.

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** In the book, Laura is painted wearing a hunting outfit. This outfit, plus the fact there are no pictures of anyone else in her apartment, serves to emphasize her self-reliance (an unusual thing in a woman of that era, and also an echo of author Vera Caspery's Caspary's own self-reliance). In the movie, she is painted in a negligee, emphasizing her attractiveness.



** In fact, [=McPherson=] isn't actually that hardboiled at all. This is lampshaded in the book, in which Laura echoes author Vera Caspery's own disdain for that type of detective.

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** In fact, [=McPherson=] isn't actually that hardboiled at all. This is lampshaded in the book, in which Laura echoes author Vera Caspery's Caspary's own disdain for that type of detective.


** In the book, Laura is painted wearing a hunting outfit. In the movie, she is painted in a negligee.

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** In the book, Laura is painted wearing a hunting outfit. This outfit, plus the fact there are no pictures of anyone else in her apartment, serves to emphasize her self-reliance (an unusual thing in a woman of that era, and also an echo of author Vera Caspery's own self-reliance). In the movie, she is painted in a negligee.negligee, emphasizing her attractiveness.

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** In fact, [=McPherson=] isn't actually that hardboiled at all. This is lampshaded in the book, in which Laura echoes author Vera Caspery's own disdain for that type of detective.
--->“In detective stories there are two kinds, the hardboiled ones who are always drunk and talk out the corners of their mouths and do it all by instinct; and the cold, dry, scientific kind who split hairs under a microscope.”
--->“Which do you prefer?”
--->“Neither,” she said. “I don’t like people who make their livings out of spying and poking into people’s lives. Detectives aren’t heroes to me, they’re detestable.”

Added DiffLines:

* AdaptationDistillation:
** In the book, Waldo Lydecker is fat, whereas in the movie he is quite slim.
** The book features a different murder weapon.
** Instead of the movie's twin clocks [[spoiler:that were used to hide the murder weapon]], the book has twin glass ornamental globes in Lydecker's and Laura's apartments.
** In the book, Laura is painted wearing a hunting outfit. In the movie, she is painted in a negligee.


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* TropeMaker: ''Laura'' is one of the first movies to have been labeled as "film noir."
* UnreliableNarrator: One section of the book is narrated in first person by the character who is later revealed as the killer. Needless to say, this character never gets around in all that time to mentioning that ''they'' actually committed the crime.


''Laura'' is a 1943 novel by Vera Caspary. Originally, the story was supposed to be a play, but, after it failed to materialize, it was written into as a book. The novel was adapted into a classic 1944 film starring Creator/GeneTierney, Creator/DanaAndrews, Clifton Webb, and Creator/VincentPrice. It was also later adapted into a TV play.

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''Laura'' is a 1943 novel by Vera Caspary. Originally, the story was supposed to be a play, but, after it failed to materialize, it was written into as a book. The novel was adapted into a classic 1944 film starring Creator/GeneTierney, Creator/DanaAndrews, Clifton Webb, Creator/CliftonWebb, and Creator/VincentPrice. It was also later adapted into a TV play.

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