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Double Indemnity


Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Porter Hall View All


Billy Wilder (Director), Billy Wilder (Screenplay), Raymond Chandler (Screenplay) View All

Release: Sep. 6th, 1944
Runtime: 1 hour, 47 minutes
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.
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7 Question about the plot and ending to Double Indemnity (1944).
SPOILER After seeing the movie I was wondering why Neff came to Phyllis's house to kill her, but then decides to tell her, his plan and then turn his back to her allowing her to shoot him. Could h...

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In a noir film, where characters often make twisty decisions and immoral moves, it's all the more interesting and enriching to hear the motives explained by the characters themselves.
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Premise: A cocky insurance salesman, Walter Niff (Fred MacMurray) encounters a notorious married woman, Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck)....she seduces him into murdering her husband for the insurance claim which is a double indemnity clause.
Keyes and Neff's scenes together are by far the best thing in Double Indemnity, leaps and bounds ahead of Neff's scenes with Stanwyck's femme fatale.
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