Double Indemnity Movie Review Summary

Actors: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson

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It is 1938 in LA. Walter Neff, a top insurance salesman (MacMurray), falls for the bored, sharp-talking wife (Stanwyck) of an oilman and goes in with her on a murder and insurance fraud scheme. The plan seems fool-proof, but Walter's colleague and mentor (Robinson) smells a rat and unravels part of the plot; the question is, who loves who, and who's going to get caught? Based on a James M. Cain novel, director Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler cooked up a smart-talking screenplay for this 1944 classic of film noir (remade for TV in 1973 with Richard Crenna and Samantha Eggar, and the obvious inspiration for 1981's "Body Heat"). Some of the acting's a little creaky, but the camera work and dialogue are snappy and arresting. Stanwyck is keen and cold-hearted, MacMurray charming and likable as a man who's not dumb but not as smart as he'd like to think.
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Plot & Themes

How difficult to spot villain?    -   Story partially from villain's perspective Time/Era of Movie:    -   1930's-1950's Murder Mystery?    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   90% Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes Crime story:    -   white collar fraud/theft If this is a criminal POV story...    -   criminals killing each other    -   bad criminals on the run

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles Misc setting    -   fancy mansion    -   moving train

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Kind of violence:    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets    -   blunt clubbing (like seals) Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   book

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