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|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 Zachette|
|Richard Gaines||Mr. Norton|
|Fortunio Bonanova||Sam Gorlopis|
|John Philliber||Joe Pete|
|Al Bridge||Execution Chamber Guard|
|Kernan Cripps||Redcap, Conductor|
|Miriam Franklin||Keyes' Secretary|
|Sam Gorlopis||Fortunio Bonanova|
|Edward Hearn||Warden's Secretary|
|Boyd Irwin||First Doctor|
|George Melford||Second Doctor|
|Teala Loring||Pacific All-Risk Telephone Operator (uncredited)|
|Lee Shumway||Door Guard|
|Bess Flowers||Norton's Secretary|
|Oscar Smith||Pullman Porter|
|Betty Farrington||Nettie, the Maid|
|Dick Rush||Pullman Conductor|
|Edmund Cobb||Train Conductor|
|Floyd Shackelford||Pullman Porter|
|Sam McDaniel||Garage Attendant, Charlie|
|Clarence Muse||Black Man|
|Judith Gibson||Pacific All-Risk Telephone Operator|
|James Adamson||Pullman Porter|
|Douglas Spencer||Lou Schwartz|
|Billy Wilder||Director, Screenwriter|
|Stanley Cooley||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Hans Dreier||Art Director|
|Bertram Granger||Set Decoration/Design|
|Edith Head||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Walter Oberst||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Hal Pereira||Art Director|
|Miklós Rózsa||Score Composer|
|John F. Seitz||Cinematographer|
Posted March 16, 2001
Fred MacMurray stars as a smooth talking insurance salesman and pretty Barbara Stanwyck as an unflappable femme fatale. They form an attraction to one another, and before you know it murder for money and steamy romance begin to rear their ugly heads. Film also stars Edward G. Robinson as a no nonsense claims manager. With terrific performances, beautiful California scenery and sharp, memorable dialogue, this is one film you have to see!
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Posted November 30, 2001
Double Indemnity is one of Billy Wilder's best films. It is a classic film noir and it contains all the trimmings to make it what it is. As in most other films in the film noir genre, it contained dark nights, spooky shadows, and an eerie plot to match. Billy Wilder did an excellent job making this film one of my favorites full of dark, spooky, and eerie film with a plot full of suspense. The story begins with a failing salesman named Walter Neff who is giving a confession of a ¿perfect crime¿ which he committed, trying to finish before his boss and friend, Barton Keyes, shows up to hear it. It all began when Mr. Neff was sent to a Mr. Dietrichson¿s house to discuss his car insurance policy. He finds that when he arrives Mr. Dietrichson isn¿t present, and the only one who is present is the wife, Phyllis Dietrichson, who Walter finds very attractive. They begin discussing the lapse of car insurance payments when Phyllis brings up the she wants to get accidental insurance for her husband without him knowing. Walter finds this a little odd that she doesn¿t want her husband to know, and ends his involvement in the discussion. Walter always wanted to cheat the system, and he believes that involvement with Phyllis is his only chance. He visits he again, and soon they have a growing relationship. They then begin planning the murder of Mr. Dietrichson to appear suicidal so that they can get the insurance money and run off together. Knowing that his boss my figure it out he tries his best to pull it off. In the end he finds out that Phyllis was just using him and others to get money and what she wanted. She attempts to kill him, but he kills her first and then goes back to his office dying to leave his story for his boss on the Dictaphone. I would recommend this film to anyone and everyone who loves to sit and watch movies especially if they like movies with crimes, murder, a plot full of suspense and drama, and even love.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 5, 2001
Writer John M. Cain's story of lust, greed, and murder is brought to life in the film Double Indemnity. Director Billy Wilder (Sunset Boulevard) along with writer Raymond Chandler (The Long Goodbye) brings Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, and Edward G. Robinson into a great film noir. Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) is a successful insurance salesman. He falls in love with Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwych). Mrs. Dietrichson is trapped in a loveless marriage and wants her husband, Mr. Dietrichson (Tom Powers) killed off so she can claim the insurance money. This wonderful plot in Double Indemnity has many twists and turns in it. There are so many obstacles for Walter Neff and Phyllis Dietrichson to overcome. They have to time everything just right and this keeps you on the edge of your seat. There are so many moments in the film where you think the whole scheme is about to collapse. Neff and Dietrichson are such witty characters that they seem to have the right thing to say or do at the right time. Until the end of the story there never seems to be a crack in the plan. Neff is even surprised how good the plan is working out. After they have committed the murder, Lola Dietrichson, (Jean Heather) Mr. Dietrichson¿s daughter, becomes attached to Neff. At the very end of the movie Neff finds out what Phyllis Dietrichson¿s real plan is and tried to put a stop to it. You will have to watch the movie to find out how they both end up. I highly recommend this movie for people of all ages. The film really kept me on the edge of my seat the entire second half. I cannot think of any other film noir made in the nineteen forties with such a good story line. This is one film noir you can¿t miss.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 29, 2001
Double indemnity is a Film Noir classic. Director Billy Wilder gives the film the classic Noir look, with dark shadows and a twisted murder plot. Whether it¿s the darkness of a house or a poorly lit street the scenes are given an attitude by the lighting that Wilder chose. Walter Neff, played by Fred MacMurray is pushed in the middle of a femme fatales unscrupulous scheme. Neff an insurance salesman is coaxed into a murder/fraud scheme by a beautiful woman. Neff gets lured into this plot of deceit because of an anklet that the femme fatale, Phyllis Dietrichson played by Barbara Stanwyck, wears throughout the film. Stanwyck¿s performance is superb, she plays a cold-blooded woman with a mindset of taking what she believes belongs to her. Dietrichson is nonchalant, and methodical when it comes to her femme fatale characteristics. Neff and Dietrichson tend to light up the dark scenes with their lustful looks towards each other. Lola, Phyllis¿ stepdaughter, on the other hand is the complete opposite of the femme fatale. Jean Heather playing Lola does an excellent job of selling her character as an innocent and meek teenager wary of her stepmother¿s actions. Edward G. Robinson plays Barton Keyes an insurance investigator with a ¿little man¿ that gives him clues to the status of a claim. Keyes is like a father figure to Neff and they spend much time together as Keyes throws his ideas of what happened around. This was a great film going to great lengths to please the viewer. This Film not only leans towards the serious side but also has some comic relief mainly in the use of the word baby, and the endless search for one mans matches. A great work of art Double Indemnity should be on everyone¿s list of movies to see soon. It will not only keep you wrapped up but also will keep you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next plot twist.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 29, 2001
Writer John M. Cain's story of lust, greed, and murder is brought to life in the film Double Indemnity. Director Billy Wilder (Sunset Boulevard) along with writer Raymond Chandler (The Long Goodbye) bring Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, and Edward G. Robinson into a great film noir. Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) is a successful insurance salesman. He falls in love with Phyllis Dietrichson (Barabara Stanwych). Mrs. Dietrichson is trapped in a loveless marriage and wants her husband, Mr. Dietrichson (Tom Powers) killed off so she can claim the insurance money. As you can see, this film has a twisted plot and can not be missed. I give this marvelous film five stars.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 26, 2014
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