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Double Indemnity (1973)

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:

Jack Smight

Writers:

Steven Bochco (teleplay), Billy Wilder | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Richard Crenna ... Walter Neff
Lee J. Cobb ... Barton Keyes
Robert Webber ... Edward Norton
Samantha Eggar ... Phyllis Dietrichson
Arch Johnson ... Mr. Dietrichson
Kathleen Cody ... Lola Dietrichson
John Fiedler ... Mr. Jackson
John Elerick John Elerick ... Donny Franklin
Joan Pringle ... Neff's Secretary
Gene Dynarski ... Sam Bonaventura
Ken Renard ... Porter
Joyce Cunning Joyce Cunning ... Norton's Secretary
Arnold F. Turner ... Redcap (as Arnold Turner)
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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

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


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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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This film is included in the Canadian DVD version of the original 1944 film, Double Indemnity. See more »

Connections

Version of Lux Video Theatre: Double Indemnity (1954) See more »

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A honeysuckle-scented murder plot...squeezed into a TV movie-of-the-week
15 June 2017 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Los Angeles insurance salesman in his late 30s is seduced by the wife of one of his clients, who gives him the idea of taking out an accident insurance policy on her husband without his knowledge. If he's killed, the wife receives $200,000--if he's killed on a train, the amount is doubled. Writer Steven Bochco had the daunting task of compressing James M. Cain's crime novel into a 75-minute movie for television. Bochco must have known how unnecessary the whole idea was, especially since no amount of effort could even hope to get the project out from the shadow of Billy Wilder's classic 1944 version. The three leads (Richard Crenna and Samantha Eggar as the illicit lovers, Lee J. Cobb as Crenna's boss) go through the motions dutifully, but nothing here feels fresh.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Double Indemnity See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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