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.