An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions.
Director: Billy Wilder
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.
With its genre-defining moves and censor-baiting story, Double Indemnity is a momentous moment in Hollywood that we take for granted.
It also excels in the scripting (by Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler), with each word a purposeful, meaningful barrage of quick-witted resourcefulness.
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.
Film noir is the most intoxicating of Hollywood cocktails, and none is more potent than Double Indemnity.
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
Executive producer: Buddy G. DeSylva
Runtime: 107 min
Sound Mix: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Color: Black and White