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Double Indemnity

107 min | Argentina:110 min | Canada:90 min (Ontario)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
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Billy Wilder
Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 4 wins
Country: USA
Release Date: 1944-04-24
Filming Locations: 1825 N. Kingsley Drive, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
Double Indemnity
Fred MacMurray
Walter Neff
Edward G. Robinson
Barton Keyes
Porter Hall
Mr. Jackson
Jean Heather
Lola Dietrichson
Tom Powers
Mr. Dietrichson
Byron Barr
Nino Zachetti
Richard Gaines
Edward S. Norton, Jr.
Fortunio Bonanova
Sam Garlopis
John Philliber
Joe Peters
James Adamson
Pullman Porter
John Berry
Bit Part (uncredited)
Raymond Chandler
Man Reading Book (uncredited)
Edmund Cobb
Train Conductor (uncredited)
Kernan Cripps
Betty Farrington
Nettie - Dietrichsons' Maid (uncredited)
Bess Flowers
Norton's Secretary
Miriam Franklin
Keyes' Secretary (uncredited)
Harold Garrison
Eddie Hall
Man in Drug Store (uncredited)
Teala Loring
Pacific All-Risk Telephone Operator (uncredited)
George Magrill
Man (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel
Charlie - Garage Attendant (uncredited)
Billy Mitchell
Pullman Porter
Clarence Muse
Man (uncredited)
Constance Purdy
Fat Shopper in Market (uncredited)
Dick Rush
Pullman Conductor (uncredited)
Floyd Shackelford
Pullman Porter
Oscar Smith
Pullman Porter
Douglas Spencer
Lou Schwartz (uncredited)
Did you know?
In the scene where Phyllis is listening at Neff's door as he talks with Keyes, Keyes exits into the hallway and Phyllis hides behind the door. The door opens into the hallway which isn't allowed by building codes even back then, but it does give Phyllis something to hide behind and increases the tension.
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Fred MacMurray's reputation at the time was for playing nice guys so he didn't feel he was up to the challenge. Dogged persistence on Billy Wilder's part eventually wore him down.
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Co-written with Raymond Chandler. Billy Wilder didn't really get on with the famous novelist whose constant drinking irritated the director. Wilder effectively exorcised his demons about dealing with alcoholics with his next film, The Lost Weekend (1945).
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When Phyllis prepares to meet Neff for the last time, the effect of "moonlight" through the blinds appears in the room just before she turns out the lamps.
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When Keyes approaches to speak to Neff as Neff enters work one morning, Neff asks Keyes if it has to do with the "Peterson" case. The name of the character in question is "Dietrichson," not "Peterson". However this could be seen as Neff's try to show no interest to the case.
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Although set in 1938, Walter Neff makes reference to the "The Philadelphia Story", which did not debut on Broadway until 1939, and on film until 1940.
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Edward S. Norton: That witness from the train, what was his name?
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Jackson: These are fine cigars you smoke.
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Barton Keyes: What's the matter? Dames chasing you again? Or still? Or is it none of my business?
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How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Double Indemnity can be found here.
Is "Double Indemnity" based on a book?
Yes. Double Indemnity is based on a novella of the same name by American crime novelist James M Cain [1892-1977]. The story first appeared as an 8-part serial in Liberty magazine in 1935. The novella was adapted for the movie by another American crime writer Raymond Thornton Chandler [1888-1959] along with director Billy Wilder [1906-2002]. A made-for-TV remake, Double Indemnity was released in 1973.
Is there an alternate ending?
The original ending to the movie continued after the present ending through Walter's trial and execution. However, the director eventually decided that the additional material was redundant and depressing, so he cut it for the theatrical release. All the film of the additional scenes has been lost or destroyed, leaving only some still photos, once of which can be seen here.
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Photos from cast
Barbara Stanwyck