Movie Fact #850 – September 9th, 2015:

The 1944 American film noir “Laura”, based on the 1943 novel of the same name by author Vera Caspary, had an interesting time concluding the story.

Originally, Twentieth Century-Fox studio head Darryl F. Zanuck was unhappy with director Otto Preminger’s first cut of the film and insisted it be given a new ending. The new ending revealed that the character Waldo Lydecker (Played by Clifton Webb) had imagined the entire story. However, following a screening of the Zanuck version, columnist Walter Winchell approached the studio head and told him, “I didn’t get [the ending]. You’ve got to change it.”

So, Zanuck relented and allowed Preminger to reinstate his original finale, telling Preminger, and I quote, “This is your success. I concede.”

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