Double Indemnity (1944)

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An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses the suspicion of an insurance investigator.

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  • Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray in Double Indemnity (1944)
  • "Double Indemnity" Fred MacMurray, Edward G. Robinson 1944 Paramount / MPTV
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  • Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray in Double Indemnity (1944)
  • Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray in Double Indemnity (1944)
  • Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray in Double Indemnity (1944)

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11 August 2003 | NewEnglandPat
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| An all-time Hollywood classic
This film noir classic may be the best murder mystery of all time in this storied Hollywood genre. Fred MacMurray and Edward G. Robinson are excellent but it is Barbara Stanwyck who really makes the picture come together as a woman without a moral compass. Stanwyck set the standard for tough, calculating, shady women who exploit men without shame or remorse and her masterful manipulation of MacMurray is the movie's central theme. The film's imagery is filled with shadows and low lighting, accompanied by a tense, brooding music score. Stanwyck spins her web of ensnarement like a black widow with her victim seemingly unaware of the danger that enfolds him. MacMurray provides the narrative of the film which is told in flashback and delivers a cryptic account of the events in a confession to a boss who trusted him completely. Robinson is on target as the skeptical and suspicious boss who has a sixth sense about phony insurance claims. A nice supporting cast contributes to this thriller, namely Richard Gaines and Porter Hall.

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