In 1938, Walter Neff, an experienced salesman of the Pacific All Risk Insurance Co., meets the seductive wife of one of his clients, Phyllis Dietrichson, and they have an affair. Phyllis proposes to kill her husband to receive the proceeds of an accident insurance policy and Walter devises a scheme to receive twice the amount based on a double indemnity clause. When Mr. Dietrichson is found dead on a train track, the police accept the determination of accidental death. However, the insurance analyst and Walter's best friend Barton Keyes does not buy the story and suspects that Phyllis has murdered her husband with the help of another man. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Until recently nobody noticed Raymond Chandler's cameo in the film. As Walter Neff comes out of Keyes office (around 16min into the film), Neff walks by Raymond Chandler sitting in the hallway, reading a paperback. There is very little footage of Chandler at all, amazing it took this long to notice him, Chandler did the screenplay for Cain's novel. See more »
During the beginning of the film Walter Neff lets it be known that he is 25 years old, However, later in the film, while conversing with Phyllis Dietrichson he states that he has been selling insurance policies for the past eleven years. That would mean that he began his career at the age of eleven, which of course, is highly unlikely. See more »
Well, hello there, Mr. Neff.
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"I liked the way that anklet bit into her leg. I wanted to see her again, up close, without that silly staircase between us."--Walter Neff, after meeting Phyllis Dietrichson This is Fred MacMurray like you've never seen him before. He's edgy and sharp, and amoral, although he hides it well from his boss. Barbara Stanwyck's astounding performance set the standard for bad girls in Film Noir for years to come. I love this film because it is a perfect example of how the censorship of the time made it so that filmmakers had to get the sexiness across in a subtle way. This movie is undeniably sexy, and there's not a single 'love scene' in it!
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