A scheming wife lures an insurance investigator into helping murder her husband and then declare it an accident. The investigator's boss, not knowing his man is involved in it, suspects murder and sets out to prove it.

Director:

Writers:

(teleplay), | 2 more credits »
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Comedy about Coca-Cola's man in West Berlin, who may be fired if he can't keep his American boss's daughter from marrying a Communist.

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: James Cagney, Horst Buchholz, Pamela Tiffin
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

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

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A jealous piano teacher Orville Spooner sends his beautiful wife, Zelda, away for the night while he tries to sell a song to a famous nightclub singer Dino, who is stranded in town.

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Dean Martin, Kim Novak, Ray Walston
Buddy Buddy (1981)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Walter Matthau plays a professional killer going by the name of Trabucco, who is on his way to rub out gangster Rudy "Disco" Gambola, set to testify against the mob. As Trabucco heads off ... See full summary »

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Paula Prentiss
Marlowe (1969)
Certificate: M Mystery | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Quiet young Orfamay Quest from Kansas has hired private detective Philip Marlowe to find her brother. After two leads turn up with ice picks stuck in them, he discovers blackmail photos ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Bogart
Stars: James Garner, Gayle Hunnicutt, Carroll O'Connor
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The Falcon and reporter Ann Riordan try to solve a string of murders after an ex-wrestler, released from jail, goes looking for his girl friend.

Director: Irving Reis
Stars: George Sanders, Lynn Bari, James Gleason
Time to Kill (1942)
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A private detective is hired to retrieve a valuable antique coin that was stolen from its owner by her son, who used it to pay off a blackmailer. The private eye soon finds himself up to ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert I. Leeds
Stars: Lloyd Nolan, Heather Angel, Doris Merrick
Witness for the Prosecution (TV Movie 1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Leonard Vole is accused of murdering an elderly rich woman and the only alibi to him depends on his wife.

Director: Alan Gibson
Stars: Ralph Richardson, Deborah Kerr, Beau Bridges
Marlowe (TV Movie 2007)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Legendary private eye Philip Marlowe takes on new cases.

Director: Rob Bowman
Stars: Ara Anton, Sherman Augustus, Michael Patrick Breen
The Unseen (1945)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A secretive widower hires a governess for his children, a willful boy and impressionable girl. Strange occurrences and the governess's curiosity lead her to unlock the secrets of the mysterious and uninhabited brownstone next door.

Director: Lewis Allen
Stars: Joel McCrea, Gail Russell, Herbert Marshall
The Long Goodbye (TV Mini-Series 2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Based on the novel "The Long Goodbye" by Raymond Chandler, published 1953. Set in Tokyo during the 1950's. Tamotsu is suspected of murdering his actress wife Shizuka Harada. He flees to ... See full summary »

Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Rina Ohta, Gô Ayano
Philip Marlowe (1959–1960)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Stars: Philip Carey, William Schallert, Ed Kemmer
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
...
...
...
Arch Johnson ...
Kathleen Cody ...
...
John Elerick ...
Donny Franklin
Joan Pringle ...
Neff's Secretary
Gene Dynarski ...
Sam Bonaventura
Ken Renard ...
Porter
Joyce Cunning ...
Arnold F. Turner ...
Redcap (as Arnold Turner)
Edit

Storyline

A scheming wife lures an insurance investigator into helping murder her husband and then declare it an accident. The investigator's boss, not knowing he's involved in it, suspects murder and sets out to solve it. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

"A murder's never perfect. It always comes apart sooner or later. And when two people are involved it's usually sooner..."

Genres:

Crime | Thriller | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 October 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Assurance sur la mort  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Billy Wilder (the co-writer and director of the original version, Double Indemnity (1944)) and Barbara Stanwyck (who played Phyllis in the original version) both saw the film in their respective homes when it broadcast. When it was over, Wilder immediately phoned Stanwyck, said, "Missy, they just didn't get it right," and hung up. See more »

Connections

Version of Double Indemnity (1944) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A 1970s TV remake of a 1940s classic: write your own review
7 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This 1973 TV remake of the Billy Wilder classic is inferior to the original. Surprise!

First, the good things. Lee J. Cobb makes a terrific Barton Keyes. He's not as good as Edward G. Robinson, of course, but he's the only reason to watch this. This remake's only improvement over the original is that it cuts down the role of Lola Dietrichson, the step-daughter of the femme fatale, Phyllis Dietrichson.

And that's it for the good things.

The bad things are many. The director records everything in an indifferent manner: if you watched the film with the sound muted you'd hardly get the impression that anything especially interesting was happening. Because of modern bad taste, the film must be in color instead of black and white. Because of 1970s bad taste, all the sets are distractingly ugly. Walter Neff's expensive apartment, in particular, is hideous.

The modern setting hurts in a lot of small ways. Train trips were a bit more unusual in the 70s than in the 40s, so Mr. Dietrichson's decision to take a train seems more of a contrivance. Men stopped wearing hats, which prevents Walter from covering up his brown hair while posing as the white-haired Mr. Dietrichson. Women in mourning stopped wearing veils, which robs Samantha Eggar of a prop Barbara Stanwyck made splendid use of in a key scene. (Oddly, Lola still has the line where she reveals that her stepmother was trying on a black hat and veil before she had need of them.)

Stephen Bochco keeps much of the Billy Wilder-Raymond Chandler script the same. But he makes a lot of tiny, inexplicable changes to the dialogue which leave the script slightly flabby where once it was lean and muscular. Outrageously, the famous motorcycle-cop banter is gone, but look closely and you'll see what looks like a post-production cut where those lines should have been. Bochco may not be to blame.

Richard Crenna is passable as Walter Neff. What might have made this version tolerable is a really splendid Phyllis Dietrichson. Instead we get Samantha Eggar, who comes off like a standard-issue villainess from "Barnaby Jones." But who can blame Eggar? With a director who barely seems interested in what's happening in front of the camera, how could Barbara Stanwyck herself have come off well?


11 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD Release!!!!!!! mark5760
Where was Columbo? Charlie_Kane
COMPARING THE TWO. lrcdmnhd72
Discuss Double Indemnity (1973) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?