Double Indemnity

Double Indemnity

  • 1944
  • Passed
  • 107 min
  • USA
  • crime, drama, film-noir

An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions.

Director: Billy Wilder

Writers: Billy Wilder, Raymond Chandler

Stars: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Porter Hall, Richard Gaines

A dark, tautly constructed adaptation of James M. Cain's novel -- penned by Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler -- Double Indemnity continues to set the standard for the best in Hollywood film noir.

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  • Billy Wilder
    Billy Wilder
    Billy Wilder (22 June 1906 - 27 March 2002) was an Austria/Hungarian-born American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist, and journalist, whose career spanned more than 50 years and 60 films. He is regarded as one of the most brilliant and versatile filmmakers of Hollywood's golden age. Wilder is one of only five people who have won Academy Awards as producer, director, and writer for the...

Main Cast


  • Matt Neal (ABC Radio)

    With its genre-defining moves and censor-baiting story, Double Indemnity is a momentous moment in Hollywood that we take for granted.

  • Mike Massie (Gone with the Twins)

    It also excels in the scripting (by Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler), with each word a purposeful, meaningful barrage of quick-witted resourcefulness.

  • Andrew Pulver (Guardian)

    If you like your dialogue hardboiled, your lighting shadowy, and your femmes fatales preposterously evil, then look no further: Billy Wilder's 1944 adaptation of James M Cain's insurance-scam novella.

  • Marc Lee (Daily Telegraph)

    Film noir is the most intoxicating of Hollywood cocktails, and none is more potent than Double Indemnity.

  • Pauline Kael (New Yorker)

    This shrewd, smoothly tawdry thriller, directed by Billy Wilder, is one of the high points of nineteen-forties films.


Tagline: From the Moment they met it was Murder!

Source: based on the novel by James M. Cain

Motion Picture Rating: Passed

Genres: crime, drama, film-noir, mystery, thriller

Categories: insurance fraud, perfect murder scheme, femme fatale, murder of husband, insurance investigation, greed, hollywood hills, salesperson, suspicion, infedility, voice over narration, mansion, murder disguised as accident, double cross, loveless marriage, paranoia, stepmother


Producer: Joseph Sistrom

Casting: Harvey Clermont

Director of photography: John F. Seitz

Original music composer: Miklós Rózsa

Costume design: Edith Head, Eugene Joseff

Executive producer: Buddy G. DeSylva

Details and Technical Specs

Runtime: 107 min

Country: USA

Language: English

Sound Mix: Mono

Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1

Color: Black and White

Also Known As

  • La fiamma del peccato (IT)
  • Pacto de sangre (AR)
  • Assurance sur la mort (FR)
  • PerdiciĆ³n (ES)
  • Pagos a Dobrar (PT)