Classic Soundtracks: Laura

Episode Air Date: July 26, 2013
Artist: David Raksin
Recording Title: The Laura Theme

A true two for one: One of the most highly-regarded film soundtracks of all time, from one of the most highly-regarded films of all time.

You’re listening to theme from Laura, composed by David Raksin. The 1944 film tells the story of a detective who falls in love with a woman during a murder investigation. The only problem is, he’s investigating her murder. Or…is he?

The film starred sultry Gene Tierney alongside Dana Carver, Clifton Webb and a pre-horror Vincent Price.  Directed by film noir master Otto Preminger in 1944, Laura was nominated for 4 Academy Awards, winning one. The American Film Institute ranked it as the 4th best Mystery film of all time. And the soundtrack?  The seventh-best in the history of American cinema.

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2 Responses to “Classic Soundtracks: Laura”

  1. Harlan Share
    September 6, 2013 at 14:38 #

    Just listened to ‘Laura’ episode on WAER.
    The film starred Dana Andrews not Dana Carvey! (The Church Lady)

  2. James O'Connor
    September 11, 2013 at 11:39 #

    Hiya, Harlan.
    Our host pronounced the name as Dana Carver, and that would be my fault entirely. Dana Andrews’ first name was “Carver”, and it looks like I switched them up there. Thanks for listening, and thanks for your comment!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmwqnqL3Hbg

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