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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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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


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

Phyllis: Mr. Neff, why don't you drop by tomorrow evening about eight-thirty. He'll be in then.
Walter Neff: Who?
Phyllis: My husband. You were anxious to talk to him weren't you?
Walter Neff: Yeah, I was, but I'm sort of getting over the idea, if you know what I mean.
Phyllis: There's a speed limit in this state, Mr. Neff. Forty-five miles an hour.
Walter Neff: How fast was I going, officer?
Phyllis: I'd say around ninety.
Walter Neff: Suppose you get down off your motorcycle and give me a ticket.
Phyllis: Suppose I let you off with a warning this time.
Walter Neff: Suppose it doesn't take.
Phyllis: Suppose I have to whack you over the knuckles.
Walter Neff: Suppose I bust out crying and put my head on your shoulder.
Phyllis: Suppose you try putting it on my husband's shoulder.
Walter Neff: That tears it.


Walter Neff: How could I have known that murder could sometimes smell like honeysuckle?


Barton Keyes: Now that's enough out of you, Walter. Now get outta here before I throw my desk at you.
[looks in his pocket for a match]
Walter Neff: [takes a match of his own and lights Keyes' cigar] I love you, too.
[voiceover]
Walter Neff: I really did, too, you old crab. Always yelling your head off, always sore at everybody. You never fooled me with your song and dance, not for a second. I kinda always knew that behind all the cigar ashes on your vest was a heart as big as a house.


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Facts about

In the first scene in which Walter first kisses Phyllis, we see a wedding ring on Walter's hand. Fred MacMurray was married and the ring was not noticed until post-production.
Alan Ladd was one of the top actors who was up for the leading role of Walter Neff but evidently turned down the role.
Dick Powell wanted the role of Walter Neff, but he was under contract to another studio and they wouldn't allow it. He was enraged and tore up his contract. The role went to Fred MacMurray.
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