The beautiful girl in the painting is Laura (Gene Tierney), a highly successful advertising executive who has been murdered. Is the killer Vincent Price, Clifton Webb or perhaps someone else? It probably wasn't Judith Anderson, although she appears in a supporting role. Dana Andrews stars as the detective on the case, but things start to get weird when he falls in love with Laura like everyone else does. Directed by the great Otto Preminger (Exodus, Anatomy of a Murder, The Man with the Golden Arm), this was his breakout film and one of the defining movies of the film noir genre. The American Film Institute (AFI) named it of the 10 Best Mystery Films of all time. The haunting theme song by David Raskin (with lyrics by Johnny Mercer) has been performed by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Charlie Parker.