1944   USA Double Indemnity
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Director:Billy Wilder
Studio:Image Entertainment
Writer:James M. Cain, Billy Wilder
IMDb Rating:8.6 (45,305 votes)
Awards:Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 1 win
Genre:Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
Duration:107 min
Billy Wilder  ...  (Director)
James M. Cain, Billy Wilder  ...  (Writer)
Fred MacMurray  ...  Walter Neff
Barbara Stanwyck  ...  Phyllis Dietrichson
Edward G. Robinson  ...  Barton Keyes
Porter Hall  ...  Mr. Jackson
Jean Heather  ...  Lola Dietrichson
Tom Powers  ...  Mr. Dietrichson
Byron Barr  ...  Nino Zachetti
Richard Gaines  ...  Edward S. Norton, Jr.
Fortunio Bonanova  ...  Sam Garlopis
John Philliber  ...  Joe Peters
George Anderson  ...  Warden at Execution (scenes deleted)
Al Bridge  ...  Execution Chamber Guard (scenes deleted)
Edward Hearn  ...  Warden's Secretary (scenes deleted)
Boyd Irwin  ...  First Doctor at Execution (scenes deleted)
George Melford  ...  Second Doctor at Execution (scenes deleted)
William O'Leary  ...  Chaplain at Execution (scenes deleted)
Lee Shumway  ...  Door Guard at Execution (scenes deleted)
John F. Seitz  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: It's Love And Murder At First Sight !

Summary: Director Billy Wilder (Sunset Boulevard) and writer Raymond Chandler (The Big Sleep) adapted James M. Cain's hard-boiled novel into this wildly thrilling story of insurance man Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray), who schemes the perfect murder with the beautiful dame Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck): kill Dietrichson's husband and make off with the insurance money. But, of course, in these plots things never quite go as planned, and Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson) is the wily insurance investigator who must sort things out. From the opening scene you know Neff is doomed, as the story is told in flashback; yet, to the film's credit, this doesn't diminish any of the tension of the movie. This early film noir flick is wonderfully campy by today's standards, and the dialogue is snappy ("I thought you were smarter than the rest, Walter. But I was wrong. You're not smarter, just a little taller"), filled with lots of "dame"s and "baby"s. Stanwyck is the ultimate femme fatale, and MacMurray, despite a career largely defined by roles as a softy (notably in the TV series My Three Sons and the movie The Shaggy Dog), is convincingly cast against type as the hapless, love-struck sap. --Jenny Brown

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