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Double Indemnity (1944)

From the Moment they met it was Murder!

Original Title : Double Indemnity
Director : Billy Wilder
Writer : James M. Cain
Billy Wilder
Raymond Chandler
Genre : Mystery
Crime
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Buddy G. DeSylva , Joseph Sistrom
Music : Miklós Rózsa
Photography : John F. Seitz
Distributor : Paramount Pictures [us]
IMDB ID : 0036775
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poster for "Double Indemnity" by Billy Wilder (1944)
Double Indemnity (1944) - Billy Wilder
 

Starring

Fred MacMurray Walter Neff
Barbara Stanwyck Phyllis Dietrichson
Barbara Stanwyck Phyllis Dietrichson
 

Plot

Smooth talking insurance salesman Walter Neff meets attractive Phyllis Dietrichson when he calls to renew her husband's automobile policy. The couple are immediately drawn to each other and an affair begins. They cook up a scheme to murder Mr. Dietrichson for life insurance money with a double indemnity clause. Unfortunately, all does not go to plan...
 

Comments

I don't think this film is a masterpiece Sorry, but I have a problem taking the Absent Minded Professor/The Shaggy D.A. seriously. I think Fred is not a very good actor. I saw this in a film noir class, and I think that this was probably the least good of all the films we watched (though I would still give it an 8/10). There are many better noirs, especially The Maltese Falcon, Out of the Past, and Kiss Me Deadly. Plus, the novella on which this film is based is much, much more complex and just plain better. I read it before I saw the film. I was blown away by the novella, but only moderately impressed (mostly at Barbara Stanwyck) with the film.
 
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