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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 representative 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 »
User Reviews:
Some times, when they least expect it..... See more (285 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 (music score) (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)
 
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 recording
Walter Oberst .... sound recording
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:
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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 | UK:PG (video rating) (2005) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #9717)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The movie was based on the novel by James M. Cain, which in turn was based on the true story of Ruth Snyder, the subject of a notorious 1920s murder trial.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The movie is set in 1938, but at Stanwyck's house the radio is playing "Tangerine" which wasn't written until 1942.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Building attendant:Well, hello there, Mr. Neff.
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Soundtrack:
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33 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Some times, when they least expect it....., 17 July 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

There are occasional times when all the elements come together to make a great film that will stand the passing of time. "Double Indemnity" seems to be an example of this phenomenon.

First, there was a great novel by one of America's best mystery writers, James Cain, who created these characters that seem will live forever in our imagination. Then, the lucky break in getting the right man to direct it, Billy Wilder, a man who knew about how to make a classic out of the material that he adapted with great care and elegance with Raymond Chandler, a man who knew about the genre.

"Double Indemnity" works because it's a story we can relate to. There is a greedy woman trapped in a bad marriage, who sees the opportunity when she encounters an insurance agent who is instantly smitten with her and who has only sex in his mind. The manipulator, Phyllis Dietrichson, doesn't need much to see how Walter desires her. His idea of having her husband sign an insurance policy he knows nothing about, thinking he is doing something else, will prove a fatal flaw in judgment.

Mr. Wilder achieves in this film what others try, with disastrous results. The director, who was working under the old Hays Code, shows so much sex in the film with fully clothed actors, yet one feels the heat exuding from the passion Walter Neff feels for Phyllis. He is a man that will throw everything away because he is blinded by the promise of what his life will be once the husband is out of the picture.

In life, as well as in fiction, there are small and insignificant things that will derail the best laid plans. First, there i Jackson, the man who shouldn't have been smoking at the rear of the train, contemplating the passing landscape. Then, no one counts in the ability of Barton Keys, the man in the agency who has seen it all! Walter and Phyllis didn't take that into consideration and it will backfire on their plan.

We try to make a point to take a look at "Double Indemnity" when it shows on cable from time to time. Barbara Stanwyck makes a magnificent Phyllis. There are no false movements in her performance. Phyllis gets under Walter's skin because she knows where her priorities lie and makes good use of them in order to render Walter helpless under her spell.

Fred McMurray makes a perfect Walter. He is consumed by his passion and he will do anything because of what he perceives will be the reward for doing the crime. Walter Neff was perhaps Mr. McMurray's best creation. He is completely believable and vulnerable.

Edgar G. Robinson, as Barton Keys, makes one of his best performances for the screen. Keys is a man that has seen all the schemes pass by his desk. He is, in a way, Walter's worst nightmare, because working next to Keys, he gets to know how wrong he was in the planning of the crime.

The supporting cast is excellent. Porter Hall, Jean Heather, Tom Powers, Richard Gaines, Fortunio Buonanova and John Philliber are perfect.

The music score of Miklos Rosza gives the film a texture and a dimension that capitalizes on the action it intends to enhance. Also the music of Cesar Franck and Franz Schubert contribute to the atmosphere of the movie. The great cinematography of John Seitz, who will go on to direct films, is another asset in the movie. Edith Head's costumes are absolutely what a woman like Phyllis would wear right down to her ankle bracelet.

This film shows a great man at his best: Billy Wilder!

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