Saturday, August 6, 2016

Midnight Mysteries-Laura (1944)

I imagine between the schedule and facing the dark side of humanity on a daily basis that it would be difficult for a NYC detective to meet that someone special.  Under her portrait’s mesmerizing gaze while reading her diary, Detective Mark McPherson falls for a beautiful, quick-witted woman during a murder investigation. Unfortunately, the lovely Laura Hunt happens to be the victim.

The true star of the movie is the dialogue.  Laura’s mentor, newspaper columnist, Waldo Lydecker, has a rapier wit and he’s fond of skewering the unwary.  Writers will be intrigued by Lydecker’s writing desk, a typewriter perched over a spa-sized bathtub.

“I’m not kind. I’m vicious it’s the secret of my charm.”
 Waldo Lydecker

“In my case, self-absorption is completely justified. I have never discovered any subject so worthy of my attention.” Waldo Lydecker

McPherson: [Regarding the list of suspects] “You know you’re on this list too.”
Lydecker: “Good. It would insult me to be overlooked.”

“I can afford a blemish on my soul, but not my clothes.” Shelby Carpenter

By the way it’s a treat to see a young Vincent Price emerge from the shadows to play Laura’s man candy boyfriend, Shelby Carpenter.

I’m afraid I can’t say more without revealing too much. I can tell you that Laura like most noir movies, nothing is as it seems.

2 comments:

  1. This movie is on my keeper shelf! Love it to death! :-)

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  2. Ashantay,
    With the witty dialogue, this one is one of my favorites too! Thanks for stopping by!

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