A young socialite is brutally murdered by a shotgun blast. Det. Mark MacPherson, a brittle and sarcastic cop, is put in charge of the case. But as Mark stares at a large portrait of Laura he begins to fall in love with the beautiful dead woman. Mark interrogates a number suspects who knew Laura. Just as the investigation seems to be making headway, Laura—very much alive—walks through the door of her apartment. This 1944 film noir was directed by Otto Preminger and starred Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney. The background music later had words added and became a very popular song.