Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
An insurance representative lets himself be talked by a seductive housewife into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses the suspicion of an insurance investigator.
When "Double Indemnity" was first published in 1935, offers of up to $25,000 were tendered, but nothing came of it at the time because the Hays Office considered the novel unsuitable for filming. James M. Cain was ultimately offered $15,000 by Paramount. He was to get half on signing and the other half if the script was approved by the Hays Office.
Well, hello there, Mr. Neff.
Walter Neff is dictating the whole story in flashback format on a Dictaphone Cameo Model, which, even with the "Longer Play" cylinders with 200 grooves per inch could record up to 4.5 minutes. He pulls his cylinder from a 6 cylinder holder. Even if he used all 6 cylinders, that would only allow 27 minutes of recording. But the time between turning the Dictaphone on and off is 1 hour and 38 minutes.
Opening credits are shown over a silhouette of a man on crutches, walking toward the camera.