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Double Indemnity (1944)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  24 April 1944 (USA)
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An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions.



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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

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Release Date:

24 April 1944 (USA)  »

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Frau ohne Gewissen  »

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$927,262 (estimated)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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This marks the only film appearance of screenwriter and novelist Raymond Chandler. See more »


In the first scene in which Walter first kisses Phyllis, we see a wedding ring on Walter's hand. Fred MacMurray was married and the ring was not noticed until post-production. See more »


[first lines]
Building attendant: Well, hello there, Mr. Neff.
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(1941) (uncredited)
Music by Victor Schertzinger
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best American Film Noir ever made
16 March 2004 | by (Portland, OR) – See all my reviews

"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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