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)
|Best Actress||Barbara Stanwyck||Nominated|
|Best Cinematography||John Seitz||Nominated|
|Best Director||Billy Wilder||Nominated|
|Best Music - Scoring||Miklos Rozsa||Nominated|
|Best Writing||Billy Wilder, Raymond Chandler||Nominated|
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 IndemnityBy 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 IndemnityBy 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
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Walter Neff: Yeah, unless you got a bottle of beer that's not working.
Barton Keyes: Now look, Walter. A guy takes out an accident policy that's worth $100,000 if he's killed on the train. Then, two weeks later, he *is* killed on the train. And, not from the train accident, mind you, but falling off some silly observation car. You know what the mathematical probability of that is? One out of, oh, I don't know how many billions. And after that, the broken leg. No, it just, it just can't be the way it looks. Something has been worked on us!
Phyllis: I'm a native Californian. Born right here in Los Angeles.
Walter Neff: They say all native Californians come from Iowa.
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In the scene where Phyllis is listening at Neff's door as he talks with Keyes, Keyes exits into the hallway and Phyllis hides behind the door. The door opens into the hallway which isn't allowed by building codes even back then, but it does give Phyllis something to hide behind and increases the tension.
Barbara Stanwyck was the first choice to play Phyllis, but she was unnerved when seeing the role was of a ruthless killer. When she expressed her concern to Billy Wilder, he asked her, "Are you a mouse or an actress?"
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