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Double Indemnity (1973)

A scheming wife lures an insurance investigator into helping murder her husband and then declare it an accident. The investigator's boss, not knowing his man is involved in it, suspects murder and sets out to prove it.

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Jack Smight

Writers:

Steven Bochco (teleplay), Billy Wilder | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Richard Crenna ... Walter Neff
Lee J. Cobb ... Barton Keyes
Robert Webber ... Edward Norton
Samantha Eggar ... Phyllis Dietrichson
Arch Johnson ... Mr. Dietrichson
Kathleen Cody ... Lola Dietrichson
John Fiedler ... Mr. Jackson
John Elerick John Elerick ... Donny Franklin
Joan Pringle ... Neff's Secretary
Gene Dynarski ... Sam Bonaventura
Ken Renard ... Porter
Joyce Cunning Joyce Cunning ... Norton's Secretary
Arnold F. Turner Arnold F. Turner ... Redcap (as Arnold Turner)
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A scheming wife lures an insurance investigator into helping murder her husband and then declare it an accident. The investigator's boss, not knowing he's involved in it, suspects murder and sets out to solve it. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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"A murder's never perfect. It always comes apart sooner or later. And when two people are involved it's usually sooner..."


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Double Indemnity See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Billy Wilder (the co-writer and director of the original version, Double Indemnity (1944)) and Barbara Stanwyck (who played Phyllis in the original version) both saw the film in their respective homes when it broadcast. When it was over, Wilder immediately phoned Stanwyck, said, "Missy, they just didn't get it right," and hung up. See more »

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Film Noir takes a beating
3 November 2009 | by dcbfilmSee all my reviews

As a big fan of the original film, it's hard to watch this show. The garish set decor and harshly lighted sets rob any style from this remake. The mood is never there. Instead, it has the look and feel of so many television movies of the Seventies. Crenna is not a bad choice as Walter Neff, but his snappy wardrobe and "swank" apartment don't fit the mood of the original, or make him an interesting character.He does his best to make it work but Samantha Egger is a really bad choice. The English accent and California looks can't hold a candle to Barbara Stanwick's velvet voice and sex appeal. Lee J.Cobb tries mightily to fashion Barton Keyes,but even his performance is just gruff, without style.

It feels like the TV movie it was and again reminds me of what a remarkable film the original still is.


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