The audience knows from the beginning this isn't going to be " A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" kind of movie. These will be well educated and wealthy people. Lydecker narrating in the beginning is perfect, though he has that well bred , snobbish voice, it is perfect.. While looking at all of his priceless possessions the viewer gets caught up and wonders what kind of person was Laura. At least that is what I found myself thinking the first time I saw the movie.
Lydecker being in the bathtub, instead of a suit or smoking jacket was different, it caused his character to interact more with the