If "Film Noir" is a cinematic style I believe his film is the embodiment. Clifton Webb sets the tone for the entire film in these first few minutes. His voice-over is great. Once you have seen the film in it's entirety you realize how much important information was given in the first 4 minutes. Lydecker's a collecter of beautiful things including Laura. Dana Andrews is brilliant as well. The strong silent type who doesn't show his hand until it's necessary. Has always been a favorite film of mine.
I agree. It's one of my favorites as well. Bogart was made for this role! Because of the movie starting from his POV, they were able to allow the "surgery" without actually having to make Bogart up to look like a different person. Helps make a small budget go farther and it never seemed hokey.