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Release Date: April 24th, 1944

DVD Release Date: January 28th, 1998

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 46 min

Plot Summary
In this classic film noir, insurance salesman Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) gets roped into a murderous scheme when he falls for the sensual Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck), who is intent on killing her husband (Tom Powers) and living off the fraudulent accidental death claim. Prompted by the late Mr. Dietrichson's daughter, Lola (Jean Heather), insurance investigator Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson) looks into the case, and gradually begins to uncover the sinister truth.

Cast: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Porter Hall, Fortunio Bonanova, Jean Heather, Tom Powers, Byron Barr

Director: Billy Wilder

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Tense, Fall, Murder, Mystery, Deception, Daughter, Melodramatic, Los Angeles, 1930s

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  • It is in the clandestine scheming of the sex-hungry man and the cunning woman, in the methodical method of their plotting the husband's murder that Wilder builds the suspense that pounds and drives to a staggering climax. There are at least three instances of suspense so great that the heart almost stops beating. The highest praise one can give the Sistrom production is to say that it is like a masterpiece of mystery fiction coming vividly to life on the screen. As you cannot lay down such a book until it has been read through, neither then can you shake off the witchery exerted over you by this film from its very opening scene. show more

  • To describe the story is to miss the nuances that make it tantalizing. show more

  • 100

    Double Indemnity is a masterpiece of Hollywood storytelling. show more

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