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Double Indemnity (1944) was a Crime - Film Noir Film directed by Billy Wilder and produced by Buddy G. DeSylva and Joseph Sistrom.

The film was based on the serial story of the same name written by James M. Cain published in Liberty Magazine and as a Novel (1936 magazine; 1943 novel).

Double Indemnity was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1992.

Academy Awards 1944 --- Ceremony Number 17 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActressBarbara StanwyckNominated
Best CinematographyJohn SeitzNominated
Best DirectorBilly WilderNominated
Best Music - ScoringMiklos RozsaNominated
Best PictureParamountNominated
Best WritingBilly Wilder, Raymond ChandlerNominated
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Double Indemnity (1944, Billy Wilder)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Feb 16, 2018 From The Stop Button

Double Indemnity is mostly a character study. There’s the noir framing device–wounded insurance salesman Fred MacMurray stumbling into his office and recording his confession on a dictaphone. Turns out he met a woman and things didn’t work out. MacMurray narrates the entire film. Occasionally the ac... Read full article


Five Things I Learned from Double Indemnity

By Amanda Garrett on Oct 15, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm writing about the lessons I learned from the classic film noir Double Indemnity (1944), starring Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, and Edward G. Robinson. This article is part of the Things I Learned from the Movies blogathon hosted by Speakeasy and Silver Screenings. There are many... Read full article


Double Indemnity (1944)

on Jul 20, 2015 From Journeys in Classic Film

Originally published March 2012 This is my second viewing of Double Indemnity, and my first time where I actually had to study it critically as part of my Women in Film class.  The first time I saw the movie was for an earlier film class and while I enjoyed it, I didn’t consider it anything sp... Read full article


The Making of Double Indemnity

By Amanda Garrett on Jul 18, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

TCM and Fathom Events are bringing Double Indemnity starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck to movie screens across the US on July 19 and 20. If you haven't seen it you're in for a rare treat; if you have, now is a great time to revisit this film noir classic. This article features vintage ads ... Read full article


Double Indemnity (1944)

By Cameron on Jun 18, 2015 From The Blonde At The Film

via: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/73500/Double-Indemnity/#tcmarcp-152119  Unless otherwise noted, all images are my own. In honor of TCM’s “Summer of Darkness” Film Noir Festival and online course, here’s Double Indemnity (1944), an undisputed masterpiece of the genre. But ... Read full article


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Quotes from

Barton Keyes: Walter, you're all washed up.


[Norton, Keyes's boss, has just tried, unsuccessfully, to convince a client that her husband's death was a suicide]
Barton Keyes: You know, you, uh, oughta take a look at the statistics on suicide some time. You might learn a little something about the insurance business.
Edward S. Norton: Mister Keyes, I was RAISED in the insurance business.
Barton Keyes: Yeah, in the front office. Come now, you've never read an actuarial table in your life, have you? Why they've got ten volumes on suicide alone. Suicide by race, by color, by occupation, by sex, by seasons of the year, by time of day. Suicide, how committed: by poison, by firearms, by drowning, by leaps. Suicide by poison, subdivided by *types* of poison, such as corrosive, irritant, systemic, gaseous, narcotic, alkaloid, protein, and so forth; suicide by leaps, subdivided by leaps from high places, under the wheels of trains, under the wheels of trucks, under the feet of horses, from *steamboats*. But, Mr. Norton, of all the cases on record, there's not one single case of suicide by leap from the rear end of a moving train. And you know how fast that train was going at the point where the body was found? Fifteen miles an hour. Now how can anybody jump off a slow-moving train like that with any kind of expectation that he would kill himself? No. No soap, Mr. Norton. We're sunk, and we'll have to pay through the nose, and you know it.


Walter Neff: Know why you couldn't figure this one, Keyes? I'll tell ya. 'Cause the guy you were looking for was too close. Right across the desk from ya.
Barton Keyes: Closer than that, Walter.
Walter Neff: I love you, too.


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Facts about

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 30, 1950 with Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray reprising their film roles.
We never learn the first name of Mr. Dietrichson.
On viewing the film's rushes, production head Buddy G. DeSylva remarked of Barbara Stanwyck's blonde wig, "We hired Barbara Stanwyck, and here we get George Washington"!
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