Double Indemnity

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Unsuspecting Mr. Dietrichson becomes increasingly accident prone after his icily calculating wife encourages him to sign a double indemnity policy proposed by a smooth-talking insurance agent. Against a backdrop of distinctly California settings, the partners in crime plan the perfect murder to collect the insurance. Perfect until a claims manager gets a familiar feeling of foul play and pursues the matter relentlessly.

  1. Billy Wilder

    Director, Screenplay

  2. James M. Cain


  3. Raymond Chandler


Top Billed Cast

  1. Fred MacMurray

    Fred MacMurray

    Walter Neff

  2. Barbara Stanwyck

    Barbara Stanwyck

    Phyllis Dietrichson

  3. Edward G. Robinson

    Edward G. Robinson

    Barton Keyes

  4. Porter Hall

    Porter Hall

    Mr. Jackson

  5. Richard Gaines

    Richard Gaines

    Edward S. Norton, Jr.

  6. Jean Heather

    Jean Heather

    Lola Dietrichson

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 47m

Budget $927,262.00

Revenue $2,500,000.00

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Release Information

  • April 24, 1944



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A review by talisencrw

By talisencrw

It's definitely hard to pin down a personal favourite Wilder film, though I tend towards his earlier masterworks such as 'The Lost Weekend', 'Sunset Boulevard'...and THIS. He was one of the finest at getting straight through the bullshit and to the heart of all things noir (as the immortal Jean-Luc Godard stated, 'All I need to make a film is a man, a girl and a gun').

Barbara Stanwyck is one of my favourite actresses of the period, and is a classic 'femme fatale'. I've never been a huge fan of Fred MacMurray, but his 'nice guy' persona is used to sheer advantage by Wilder, and he end up bo... read the rest.

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