Double Indemnity

Double Indemnity

Fred MacMurray
Director: Billy Wilder Cast: Fred MacMurray
Fred MacMurray
, Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
, Edward G. Robinson
Edward G. Robinson
Billy Wilder

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Overview

Directed by Billy Wilder and adapted from a James M. Cain novel by Wilder and Raymond Chandler, Double Indemnity represents the high-water mark of 1940s film noir urban crime dramas in which a greedy, weak man is seduced and trapped by a cold, evil woman amidst the dark shadows and Expressionist lighting of modern cities. Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck) seduces insurance agent Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) into murdering her husband to collect his accident policy. The murder goes as planned, but after the couple's passion cools, each becomes suspicious of the other's motives. The plan is further complicated when Neff's boss Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson), a brilliant insurance investigator, takes over the investigation. Told in flashbacks from Neff's perspective, the film moves with ruthless determinism as each character meets what seems to be a preordained fate. Movie veterans Stanwyck, MacMurray, and Robinson give some of their best performances, and Wilder's cynical sensibility finds a perfect match in the story's unsentimental perspective, heightened by John Seitz's hard-edged cinematography. Double Indemnity ranks with the classics of mainstream Hollywood movie-making.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2012
UPC: 0025192143311
Original Release: 1944
Rating: NR
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:48:00
Sales rank: 4,340

Special Features

Introduction by Turner Classic Movies host and film historian Robert Osborne; Shadows of suspense: plunge into the world of 1940s Hollywood with a revealing look at a movie masterpiece; Feature commentary with film historian Richard Schickel; Feature commentary with film historian/screenwriter Lem Dobbs and film historian Nick Redman; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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 H. 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
Constance Purdy Woman
Dick Rush Pullman Conductor
Edmund Cobb Train Conductor
Floyd Shackelford Pullman Porter
Sam McDaniel Garage Attendant, Charlie
Clarence Muse Black Man
George Magrill Man
Judith Gibson Pacific All-Risk Telephone Operator
James Adamson Pullman Porter
Douglas Spencer Lou Schwartz

Technical Credits
Billy Wilder Director,Screenwriter
Raymond Chandler Screenwriter
Stanley Cooley Sound/Sound Designer
Hans Dreier Art Director
Bertram Granger Set Decoration/Design
Doane Harrison Editor
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Walter Oberst Sound/Sound Designer
Hal Pereira Art Director
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
John F. Seitz Cinematographer
Joseph Sistrom Producer
Wally Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Double Indemnity
1. Main Titles [1:30]
2. Office Memorandum [5:43]
3. Fully Covered [5:19]
4. The Little Man [4:21]
5. Sour Taste [5:52]
6. Straight Down the Line [10:10]
7. Duplicate Application [4:18]
8. Accidentally on Purpose [5:06]
9. Desk Work [5:17]
10. Extra Careful [3:52]
11. The End of the Line [8:37]
12. Carrying the Ball [4:58]
13. A Troubling Hunch [3:29]
14. Awful Feeling [5:07]
15. Familiar Face [4:11]
16. Sticking Together [5:39]
17. Getting off the Trolley [7:06]
18. All Washed Up [11:42]

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