Double Indemnity

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Double Indemnity is the dazzling, quintessential film noir whose enormous popular success and seven Oscar nominations catapulted Billy Wilder (Some Like It Hot, Sunset Boulevard, The Apartment) into the very top tier of Hollywood’s writer-directors.Adapted... read more
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Double Indemnity is the dazzling, quintessential film noir whose enormous popular success and seven Oscar nominations catapulted Billy Wilder (Some Like It Hot, Sunset Boulevard, The Apartment) into the very top tier of Hollywood’s writer-directors.Adapted from a novella by James M. Cain (The Postman Always Rings Twice), co-written by Wilder and Raymond Chandler (The Big Sleep, The Long Goodbye), Double Indemnity remains the hardest-boiled of delectations. Insurance hawker Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) gets seduced by some other man’s wife: a bored, sex-starved Barbara Stanwyck done up in lorry-grille wig and a pair of lips like wine grapes smashed in candle-wax.She wants to off her better half and collect on his policy, but spitfire claims-adjuster Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson) smells a rat – or at least the cheap perfume all over that Dietrichson file. Neff himself ties up the twisting plot in a neat bow: “We were talking about automobile insurance, only you were thinking about murder.And I was thinking about that anklet.” The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity for the first time anywhere in the world on Blu-ray.

Original Release

04/24/1944

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Cast

Fred MacMurray Walter Neff
Barbara Stanwyck Phyllis Dietrichson
Edward G. Robinson Barton Keyes
Porter Hall Mr. Jackson
Richard Gaines Mr. Norton
Jean Heather Lola Dietrichson
Tom Powers Mr. Dietrichson
Fortunio Bonanova Sam Gorlopis
John Philliber Joe Pete
Harold Garrison Redcap
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Billy Wilder

Writers

Raymond Chandler, Billy Wilder, James M. Cain

Cast

Fred MacMurray Walter Neff
Barbara Stanwyck Phyllis Dietrichson
Edward G. Robinson Barton Keyes
Porter Hall Mr. Jackson
Richard Gaines Mr. Norton
Jean Heather Lola Dietrichson
Tom Powers Mr. Dietrichson
Fortunio Bonanova Sam Gorlopis
John Philliber Joe Pete
Harold Garrison Redcap
Byron Barr Nino Zachetti
James Adamson Pullman Porter
John Berry Bit Part
Raymond Chandler Man Reading Book Outside Keyes' Office
Edmund Cobb Train Conductor
Kernan Cripps Conductor
Betty Farrington Nettie - Dietrichsons' Maid
Bess Flowers Norton's Secretary
Miriam Franklin Keyes' Secretary (uncredited)
Eddie Hall Man in Drug Store

Producers

Buddy G. DeSylva Executive Producer
Joseph Sistrom Producer
Buddy G. DeSylva Producer

Editors

Doane Harrison

1945 Oscar Best Picture Nominated
1945 Oscar Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
1945 Oscar Best Director Nominated
1945 Oscar Best Writing, Screenplay Nominated
1945 Oscar Best Cinematography, Black-and-White Nominated
1945 Oscar Best Sound, Recording Nominated
1945 Oscar Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture Nominated
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