Not Rated | | Drama, Film-Noir
Billy Wilder felt the need to tackle the subject of alcoholism as a direct result of his experience of working with Raymond Chandler on Double Indemnity (1944). Wilder made the film as a way of explaining the condition to Chandler himself.
You better take this along, Don. It's gonna be cold on the farm.
Don Birnam: Okay.
Wick Birnem: How many shirts are you taking?
Don Birnam: Three.
Wick Birnem: I'm taking five.
Don Birnam: Five?
Wick Birnem: Yeah, I told them at the office I might not be back until Tuesday. We'll get there this afternoon. That'll give us ...
When Don is in Nat's bar taking shots of rye, the number of shots are depicted by the increasing number of wet rings left on the bar each time the shot glass was refilled. Several rings collect on the bar, each remaining as wet as the last. In actuality, being that they were from alcohol, over time the rings left by the first shots would be dried or mostly dried by the time later shots were taken.
$9,460,000 (USA) (31 December 1946)
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