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Double Indemnity

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Double Indemnity

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
performer:
Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson
director:
Billy Wilder
author:
9542, 2502
genre:
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an A

Raymond Chandler and director Billy Wilder turn James M. Cain’s novella Double Indemnity‘s venal insurance salesman (Fred MacMurray) into a sardonic Philip Marlowe gone wrong; Barbara Stanwyck cracks wise too, while dripping pheromones. EXTRAS Chats about noir, pulp, and Stanwyck’s cheap blond wig. ”Wilder always thought [the wig] was one of the biggest mistakes of his career,” says Lem Dobbs in one commentary. ”I think it’s perfect,” says Richard Schickel in another. Perversely fascinating: A ’73 TV remake, with a near-identical script, is claw-your-eyes-out awful.

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