Double Indemnity

Double Indemnity

DVD - 2006
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Walter Neff is a smooth talking insurance salesman who meets the very attractive Phyllis Dietrichson when he calls to renew her husband's automobile policy. The couple are immediately drawn to each other and have an affair. They scheme together to murder Phyllis' husband for life insurance money with a double indemnity clause. Unfortunately, all does not go as planned. Barton Keyes is the wily insurance investigator who must sort things out.
Publisher: Universal City, Calif. : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2006], ©1944
Edition: Second-disc special edition full screen version
ISBN: 9781417072514
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Do
Description: 2 videodiscs (108 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: MPAA ratng: Not rated


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1944. Starring Fred McMurray and Barbara Stanwyck. An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions.

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Sep 09, 2020

Great video. This disk set has the 1973 TV movie as a second disk. It uses almost the same script. Was far better in B&W in the original show.

Aug 12, 2020

good movie from the 40's..a classic

Sep 06, 2019

In 1944's "Double Indemnity" - Fred MacMurray plays Walter Neff, an over-confident, but naively gullible insurance salesman, who, thinking that he's got it all figured out, gets played for a prize sucker when the seductive, well-to-do Mrs. Dietrichson snares him into a diabolical plot to kill her husband in order to collect $100,000 through the double indemnity clause in his life insurance policy.

If you like watching vintage crime-dramas with a nice dash of "noir" thrown into the mix (for good measure), then, "Double Indemnity" is sure to keep you glued to the TV screen from start to finish.

Sep 04, 2019

Released back in 1944 - Double Indemnity's story of vicious betrayal may be somewhat flawed and inconsistent at times. - But, overall, it's quite easy to see why this vintage, Hollywood crime/drama is considered to be a true "classic" of 1940s Film Noir.

Containing plenty of loaded dialogue, dim, shadowy settings, and flashes of well-timed tension, Double Indemnity's story of murder and deception comes neatly into place as the scattered pieces of its plot-line eventually all fit together into one, like that of a master jigsaw puzzle.

Filmed in glossy b&w, Double Indemnity's story was co-written by the famed crime-novelist, Raymond Chandler. It was directed by Billy Wilder, known for such films as Sunset Boulevard and Some Like It Hot.

Jun 25, 2019

One of the all-time greats among noir films. The dialogue between MacMurray and Stanwyck sizzles with suggestions and double entendres. Why are you wasting time reading about this film? See it for yourself! You will NOT regret it.

Jun 11, 2019

Filmed in b&w - "Double Indemnity" is vintage, Hollywood film noir from 1944.

Its story concerns a scheming wife who lures a gullible insurance salesman into helping murder her husband and then declare it an accident. Together these two mismatched lovers concoct a twisted scheme to collect the benefits of a insurance policy.

For the most part - This oldie-moldie is fairly entertaining.

Dec 21, 2018

VERY GOOD 1944 film noir featuring Fred MacMurray, fab Barbara Stanwyck, and Edward G. Robinson. Plot didn't REALLY engage me - but the film overall was an interesting episode in 40's movie sytle development.

Mar 23, 2018

The greatest film noir ever, using black and white to bring out the inner thoughts and feelings of the characters. Barbara Stanwyck nails it as the femme fatale, and Edward G. is relentless in his investigative digging. Billy Wilder should have won all the Oscars for this picture. Excellent sexual and suggestive double entendre steamy dialogue which really pushed against the code in Hollywood at the time.

plotline Jun 05, 2017

Approaching Perfection

Mrs. Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck) and Mr. Neff (Fred MacMurray) have murder in mind. Target: Mr. Dietrichson. Have the smooth-talking insurance man (Neff) get the grumpy husband to sign, unknowingly, for an accident policy, then bump off the husband, sit back and wait for the fat settlement check to arrive. It's a diabolical plan that works perfectly...until Mrs. Dietrichson gets something else in mind.

That's the cold-blooded set up in Billy Wilder's superb noir, DOUBLE INDEMNITY. And it's a miracle the film was ever made.

From Maurice Zolotow's very excellent biography, BILLY WILDER IN HOLLYWOOD, we discover: the production exec at Paramount thought it was a "dirty" movie and fought it; Charles Brackett, Wilder's longtime collaborator, found the idea of it "disgusting" and refused to work on it; every agent and every actor in Hollywood, including MacMurray, avoided the Neff role: too lowdown sleazy; Wilder and crime novelist/screenwriter Raymond Chandler engaged in a battle of eccentrics...they loathed each other. But who ever said art was easy?

Stanwyck and MacMurray play the spider and the not-so-helpless fly, respectively, as though they were born to the parts. Edward G. Robinson as claims adjuster Barton Keyes puts on a virtual acting clinic: gesticulating, scowling, sneering, rolling the words off his tongue with obvious delight and ingenious timing. It is one of his most brilliant, awe-inspiring portrayals.

DOUBLE INDEMNITY has been cited as the first noir to reveal the killer in the early scenes; it's also the first to use an extended voice-over flashback to tell the story, an approach that has been imitated ad infinitum. Two more things: the inspired opening credits- the growing shadow of a crippled man that finally engulfs the screen; and that devastating fade-out at the end. The film is easily one of the greatest noirs ever filmed.



May 14, 2017

I felt there needed to be a bit more history & character development before the instant love affair, but there are time limits. This ranks with "Dial M for Murder" in it's devious plot to kill people. EGR is excellent in the supporting role. This may come across as cliché, but cliché had to start somewhere. My only question is how many of those Ediphone cylinders did Walter Neff burn through during his confession?

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Sep 09, 2012

Walter Neff (voiceover): "...Yes, I killed him. I killed him for money -- and a woman. ...And I didn't get the money, and I didn't get the woman. Pretty, isn't it?"

Sep 09, 2012

Phyllis Dietrichson: "Nettie, show Mr. Neff into the living room." Walter Neff: "Where would the living room be?" Nettie: "In there, but they keep the liquor locked up." Walter Neff: "That's alright, I always carry my own keys..."

Sep 09, 2012

Walter Neff: "Look baby, you can't get away with it. You wanna knock him off, don'tcha." Phyllis Dietrichson: "That's a horrible thing to say." Walter Neff: "Who'd you think I was anyway? The guy that walks into a good looking dame's front parlor and says, "Good afternoon, I sell accident insurance on husbands... you got one that's been around too long? One you'd like to turn into a little hard cash?" Just gimme a smile and I'll help you collect? Boy, what a dope you must think I am." Phyllis Dietrichson: "I think you're rotten." Walter Neff: "I think you're swell -- so long as I'm not your husband." Phyllis Dietrichson: "Get out of here." Walter Neff: "You bet I'll get out of here, baby. I'll get out of here, but quick."

Sep 09, 2012

Walter Neff (voiceover): "How could I have known that murder could sometimes smell like honeysuckle?"

Sep 09, 2012

Edward S. Norton: "There's a widespread feeling that just because a man has a large office he must be an idiot."

Sep 09, 2012

Walter Neff (voiceover): "That was all there was to it. Nothing had slipped, nothing had been overlooked.There was nothing to give us away. And yet, Keyes, as I was walking down the street to the drugstore, suddenly, it came over me that everything would go wrong. It sounds crazy Keyes, but it's true, so help me. ...I couldn't hear my own footsteps. It was the walk of a dead man."


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