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|
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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
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Double Indemnity (1944, Billy Wilder)By Andrew Wickliffe on Feb 16, 2018 From The Stop Button
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Double Indemnity (1944)on Jul 20, 2015 From Journeys in Classic Film
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Barton Keyes: Well, I get darn sick of tryin' to pick up after a gang of fast-talking salesmen dumb enough to sell life insurance to a guy who sleeps in the same bed with four rattlesnakes.
Walter Neff: It's just like the first time I came here, isn't it? We were talking about automobile insurance, only you were thinking about murder. And I was thinking about that anklet.
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In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the #29 Greatest Movie of All Time.
The character Walter Neff was originally named Walter Ness, but director/writer Billy Wilder found out that there was a man living in Beverly Hills named Walter Ness who was actually an insurance salesman. To avoid being sued for defamation of character, they changed the name. In the novel, his name is Walter Huff, and Dietrichson is Nirdlinger
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