Classic Movie Friday!

Double Indemnity (1944) - Billy Wilder

Double Indemnity (1944)

Fred MacMurray   Barbara Stanwyck   Edward G. Robinson   Jean Heather

Byron Barr   Tom Powers   Porter Hall

Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) is a successful insurance salesman for Pacific All Risk Insurance Co. In this film, Walter tells the story, after the fact. One day, while out and about working his job, he stops by the Dietrichson home and meets Mrs. Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck).  An instant attraction ~ to say the least. The two devise a nefarious plan to kill Mr. Dietrichson (Tom Powers) and collect the insurance. Before they murder the poor man, Walter reveals that in the policy there is a clause so the widow will receive double indemnity, if it can be determined that Mr. Dietrichson’s death is accidental.

This was such a cold-hearted murder and so well-planned. Fred MacMurray is amazing in this film noir. He was also in Pushover (1954).

Lola (Jean Heather) is Mr. Dietrichson’s daughter by a previous wife. She’s grieving. Her mother died six years earlier and now her father is dead. She needs answers.

A very good film Noir. Highly recommend!


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