In the world of film noir, Double Indemnity (1944) is one of the biggies. It was adapted from a James M. Cain novel by fellow crime-writer Raymond Chandler and director Billy Wilder.
Barbara Stanwyck plays Phyllis Dietrichson, the femme fatale who persuades insurance agent Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) to murder her husband.
In later years MacMurray would play The Absent-Minded Professor, in the 1961 film of the same name, and the rather boring and vanilla father on the TV series My Three Sons, but in the 1940s he was a serious romantic lead. As for Barbara Stanwyck, I find her way more interesting to watch than Bette Davis or Joan Crawford.
Edward G. Robinson played his share of crooks in his film career, but in Double Indemnity he portrays Neff’s suspicious boss, insurance investigator Barton Keyes, who is determined to solve this fishy case.
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