July 12, 2021

113 Double Indemnity (1944)

In our discussion of the Film Noir Classic Double Indemnity we talk Nazis, German Expressionism, women in the workplace, censorship, femme fatales, anti-heroes, wigs, a turning point of American culture, and drive through bars. Y'know, the regular stuff.

Double Indemnity is a 1944 American psychological thriller film noir directed by Billy Wilder, co-written by Wilder and Raymond Chandler, and produced by Buddy DeSylva and Joseph Sistrom. The screenplay was based on James M. Cain's 1943 novel of the same name, which originally appeared as an eight-part serial in Liberty magazine, beginning in February 1936.

The film stars Fred MacMurray as an insurance salesman, Barbara Stanwyck as a provocative housewife who wishes her husband were dead, and Edward G. Robinson as a claims adjuster whose job is to find phony claims. The term "double indemnity" refers to a clause in certain life insurance policies that doubles the payout in rare cases when the death is accidental.

 

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