By Chris Willman
August 25, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

Double Indemnity

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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.

Double Indemnity

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  • Unrated
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  • Billy Wilder
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