Double Indemnity ()

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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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Walter Neff
Phyllis Dietrichson
Barton Keyes
Mr. Jackson
Lola Dietrichson
Mr. Dietrichson
Nino Zachetti
Mr. Norton
Sam Gorlopis
John Philliber ...
Joe Pete
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Adamson ...
Pullman Porter (uncredited)
John Berry ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Man Reading Book Outside Keyes' Office (uncredited)
Train Conductor (uncredited)
Conductor (uncredited)
Betty Farrington ...
Nettie - Dietrichsons' Maid (uncredited)
Norton's Secretary (uncredited)
Harold Garrison ...
Redcap (uncredited)
Man in Drug Store (uncredited)
Pacific All-Risk Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Man (uncredited)
Charlie - Garage Attendant (uncredited)
Billy Mitchell ...
Pullman Porter (uncredited)
Man (uncredited)
Miriam Nelson ...
Keyes' Secretary (uncredited)
Constance Purdy ...
Fat Shopper in Market (uncredited)
Dick Rush ...
Pullman Conductor (uncredited)
Floyd Shackelford ...
Pullman Porter (uncredited)
Oscar Smith ...
Pullman Porter (uncredited)
Lou Schwartz (uncredited)

Directed by

Billy Wilder

Written by

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)

Music by

Miklós Rózsa ... (music score) (as Miklos Rozsa)

Cinematography by

John F. Seitz ... director of photography (as John Seitz)

Editorial Department

Doane Harrison ... editorial supervisor
Lee Hall ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

Harvey Clermont ... (uncredited)

Production Design by

David S. Hall ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

Hans Dreier
Hal Pereira
David S. Hall ... (uncredited)

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 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)

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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Plot Summary

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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Taglines It's Love And Murder At First Sight ! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Assurance sur la mort (France)
  • Frau ohne Gewissen (Germany)
  • Perdición (Spain)
  • Pacto de sangre (Argentina)
  • Bloedgeld (Netherlands)
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  • 107 min
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Budget $927,262 (estimated)

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Trivia The scene where Neff and Dietrichson can't get their car started after the murder was added by Billy Wilder after his car wouldn't start at the end of a shooting day. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982). See more »
Soundtracks Tangerine See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits are shown over a silhouette of a man on crutches, walking toward the camera. See more »
Quotes Phyllis: Mr. Neff, why don't you drop by tomorrow evening about eight-thirty. He'll be in then.
Walter Neff: Who?
Phyllis: My husband. You were anxious to talk to him weren't you?
Walter Neff: Yeah, I was, but I'm sort of getting over the idea, if you know what I mean.
Phyllis: There's a speed limit in this state, Mr. Neff. Forty-five miles an hour.
Walter Neff: How fast was I going, officer?
Phyllis: I'd say around ninety.
Walter Neff: Suppose you get down off your motorcycle and give me a ticket.
Phyllis: Suppose I let you off with a warning this time.
Walter Neff: Suppose it doesn't take.
Phyllis: Suppose I have to whack you over the knuckles.
Walter Neff: Suppose I bust out crying and put my head on your shoulder.
Phyllis: Suppose you try putting it on my husband's shoulder.
Walter Neff: That tears it.
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