Double Indemnity Overview:

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).

SYNOPSIS

Perhaps the most famous film noir of all. An insurance salesman (MacMurray) looking for a bigger score than the next whole-life policy and a scheming blond viper with bangs, shades, and an intriguing anklet persuade her husband to sign a policy that pays double to accidental death - an accident they plan to make happen. MacMurray's past tense voice-over adds a rueful, bitterly world-weary tone. The electrifying script was written by Wilder and Chandler, based on the novel by James M. Cain.

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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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BlogHub Articles:

Book Review: “From the Moment They Met It Was Murder: Double Indemnity and the Rise of Film Noir”

By Stephen Reginald on Apr 24, 2024 From Classic Movie Man

Book Review: “From the Moment They Met It Was Murder: Double Indemnity and the Rise of Film Noir” Title: From the Moment They Met It Was Murder: Double Indemnity and the Rise of Film NoirBy: Alain Silver and James UrsiniPublisher: Running Press – Turner Classic MoviesISBN: 978... Read full article


Noir Nook: Just the Facts on Double Indemnity

By Karen Burroughs Hannsberry on Sep 12, 2019 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Noir Nook: Just the Facts on Double Indemnity Not long ago, I was interviewed on a podcast about my very favorite film noir ? Double Indemnity (1944). I had an absolute ball talking about the superb writing and direction, the distinctive cinematography and music, and the first-rate performances b... Read full article


Cinema Style File - Barbara Stanwyck Straight Down the Line in 1944's DOUBLE INDEMNITY

on Jul 8, 2019 From GlamAmor

A little over a week ago, I started my Pre-Code screening series The Style of Sin at the Egyptian Theatre and my first star was Barbara Stanwyck. As we saw while watching Ladies of Leisure (1930) and Baby Face (1933), she was a talented actress from the very beginning of her career. And though a fil... Read full article


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


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Quotes from

Phyllis: I think you're rotten.
Walter Neff: I think you're swell - so long as I'm not your husband.
Phyllis: Get out of here.
Walter Neff: You bet I'll get out of here, baby. I'll get out of here but quick.


Walter Neff: I get the general idea. She was a tramp from a long line of tramps.


Walter Neff: That's a honey of an anklet you're wearing, Mrs. Dietrichson.


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Facts about

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.
Billy Wilder had a tough time getting a leading man for this film; many actors, including George Raft turned the project down. He had to persuade Fred MacMurray to accept the part.
A different ending was shot, with Neff being caught by the police and executed while Keyes looks on in despair. Billy Wilder decided it would be poignant and fitting for both characters if instead Neff were to die in his office with Keyes by his side as he expressed his regret.
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