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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
Raymond Chandler (screenplay) ...
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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 10 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
The Not-So-Perfect Crime See more (274 total) »

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)

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:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Neff meets with the President of his company, he returns to his apartment and places a folder on the chair to the right of the door. When Keyes comes to the door, after Neff's brief phone conversation, the folder is nowhere to be seen.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Building attendant:Well, hello there, Mr. Neff.
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Soundtrack:
My IdealSee more »

FAQ

Crutches Neff used in train sequence
How does the movie end?
Do Phyllis and Neff have sex?
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51 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
The Not-So-Perfect Crime, 2 December 2001
Author: Jennifer Tomlin

Double Indemnity begins with a car speeding on a dark, rainy night. This begins the classic film noir plot. Billy Wilder directs a steamy and grabbing film. Billy Wilder pulls this film together with an awesome cast, perfect lighting and an amusing script. Fred MacMurray plays Walter Neff, an unsuspecting insurance salesman. He is unsuspecting in the sense that he is unaware of what the ‘femme fatale' is going to put him up to. Barbara Stanwyck plays the ‘femme fatale', Phyllis Dietrichson, a manipulative housewife who will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

The film begins in present day giving insight into Walter's current plight. Walter Neff gives the voice over as the plot unfolds. It starts in the present time allowing the audience to know what crime has happened without the interesting details to support it. This is an interesting twist to the common film noir plot. Knowing the crime at hand keeps the audience hungry for those details. Walter is the victim of the beautiful woman who manipulates him into pulling off a murderous insurance fraud scam. Walter is an impeccable insurance salesman and Phyllis, in some ways, forces him into providing her with what she needs. Phyllis is the typical ‘femme fatale' who has no problem in using others to get what she wants.

Throughout the film Walter is completely enamored by Phyllis. Walter could have coined the pet name ‘baby' with his fondness towards Phyllis by calling her that throughout the film. He is easily distracted by her beauty and evil charm. He seems to be entranced by Phyllis's ankle bracelet, so much that he mentions it numerous times. This allows the audience to feel the sexual tension between the two. Phyllis, on the other hand, shows the audience that she can use and abuse anyone who gets in her way. While believably attracted to Walter, Phyllis keeps him hopping to fulfill her needs. She pulls him in and handles him like a puppet. She is the epitome of the film noir genre's ‘femme fatale'.

Barton Keyes, played by Edward G. Robinson, is Walter's co-worker and friend at the insurance company where he works. Barton closely investigates all insurance claims that come across his desk. While at one time Walter assuredly agreed with this practice, once Barton starts to unravel the mystery behind Mrs. Dietrichson's insurance claim, we begin to see just how nervous and paranoid Walter is. Walter then begins to see Phyllis in a whole new light. Barton plays the integral part by piecing together details that are thrown around throughout the film. This keeps the tension high for the filmgoer. These details are pieced together perfectly through to the end.

Double Indemnity has the perfect plot with the perfect cast. Walter and Phyllis' attraction are tasty and the crime is wonderfully puzzling. Double Indemnity is the true film noir giant.

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