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Double Indemnity -- An insurance rep lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions.

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Director:
Writers:
Billy Wilder (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
24 April 1944 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
It's Love And Murder At First Sight ! See more »
Plot:
An insurance rep lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 4 wins See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Adamson ... Pullman Porter (uncredited)
John Berry ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Raymond Chandler ... Man Reading Book (uncredited)
Edmund Cobb ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Kernan Cripps ... Conductor (uncredited)
Betty Farrington ... Nettie - Dietrichsons' Maid (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Norton's Secretary (uncredited)
Miriam Franklin ... Keyes' Secretary (uncredited)
Harold Garrison ... Redcap (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... Man in Drug Store (uncredited)
Teala Loring ... Pacific All-Risk Telephone Operator (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Man (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Charlie - Garage Attendant (uncredited)
Billy Mitchell ... Pullman Porter (uncredited)

Clarence Muse ... Man (uncredited)
Constance Purdy ... Fat Shopper in Market (uncredited)
Dick Rush ... Pullman Conductor (uncredited)
Floyd Shackelford ... Pullman Porter (uncredited)
Oscar Smith ... Pullman Porter (uncredited)
Douglas Spencer ... Lou Schwartz (uncredited)
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Directed by
Billy Wilder 
 
Writing credits
Billy Wilder (screenplay) and
Raymond Chandler (screenplay)

James M. Cain (from the novel by)

Produced by
Buddy G. DeSylva .... executive producer (uncredited)
Joseph Sistrom .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
 
Cinematography by
John F. Seitz (director of photography) (as John Seitz)
 
Casting by
Harvey Clermont (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Bertram C. Granger  (as Bertram Granger)
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head (costumes by)
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup artist
Hollis Barnes .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Robert Ewing .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Charles Gemora .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Al Trosin .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Bill Sheehan .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Jack Colconda .... props (uncredited)
Jim Cottrell .... props (uncredited)
Paul Tranz .... engineer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Stanley Cooley .... sound recordist
Walter Oberst .... sound recordist
Jack Duffy .... cableman (uncredited)
H.O. Kinsey .... recordist (uncredited)
Loren L. Ryder .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ed Henderson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Walter McLeod .... key grip (uncredited)
Otto Pierce .... camera operator (uncredited)
Bill Pillar .... mike grip (uncredited)
Chet Stafford .... electrician (uncredited)
Harlow Stengel .... camera operator (uncredited)
Paul Tranz .... dolly grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Neva Bourne .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Bill Rabb .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Doane Harrison .... editorial supervisor
Lee Hall .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Eugene Zador .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jack Gage .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Nancy Lee .... script clerk (uncredited)
Dorothy Staton .... stand-in: Ms. Stanwyck (uncredited)
John R. Woolfenden .... publicist (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
107 min | Argentina:110 min | Canada:90 min (Ontario)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 | Netherlands:18 (re-rating) (1955) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1947) | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #9717)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
James M. Cain was thrilled with this adaptation of his novella and saw it repeatedly.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The door to Neff's apartment opens away from, rather than toward, the apartment. This was a violation of the Los Angeles Fire Code. (Billy Wilder knew this, but could not change the door because of the crucial scene where Phyllis is hiding behind the door in the hallway.)See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Building attendant:Well, hello there, Mr. Neff.
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Soundtrack:
My IdealSee more »

FAQ

Any recommendations for other good film noir from the 1940s and 1950s?
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92 out of 123 people found the following review useful.
It fits together like a watch, 2 May 2004
Author: Gary170459 from Derby, UK

I've now seen this movie 14 times in 25 years, at all times of the year, in all moods, sober or not etc - but always at night. I recorded my copy off TV in 1987 so I can only imagine what a remaster would do for it. With an atmosphere thick enough to cut with a knife it never fails to engross and enchant me, and although it's been dated for 40 years or more still seems relevant and watchable today. TV, answer phones, recordable CD/DVD, memory sticks and the internet have all come between us and yet I can still watch Fred MacMurray speaking into a Dictaphone without a qualm. Who wears a hat in California nowadays? Who buys beer whilst driving! Lift attendants have gone but I can still believe in Charlie working and laughing away in the garage past 11 at night.

Woman and man agree to murder woman's husband but on the way to the cemetery they face grilling by insurance company. I think everything has been said before on the IMDb - by those who think it's one of the best films ever made! To those who simply think the main problem is that it's dated I wish you could see the TV commercials that dug into DI back in '87 - what a hoot - and compare. I've just noticed the print TCM UK is showing in 2005 is lip-synced out, very wobbly Rosza music track, fading and ageing fast - worse than my 1987 video tape (maybe logically). They're supposed to be encouraging people to enjoy the classics but they won't do that with such inferior screening copies. Dear TCM UK, this is an impressive iconic film - it deserves a billion dollar remaster authorised by the Library of Congress, not repeatedly trotting out unimpressive cheap worn dupes to fill those 2 hour slots.

Everything about DI from the acting, production, direction, and music is superbly dignified and is as "close to perfection" as human beings are probably allowed to get with this form of Art - especially with the more limited technology at their disposal in '44. When most films from now are long forgotten and dated DI will still be getting re-runs on TV and art-house cinemas - God and remasters willing - that is the fact of it.

Fortunia Bonanova certainly was fortunate to have appeared in bit parts in 2 of the best films ever made - Citizen Kane the other.

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