Raymond Chandler and director Billy Wilder turn James M. Cain’s novella Double Indemnity’s venal insurance salesman (Fred MacMurray) into a sardonic Philip Marlowe gone wrong; Barbara Stanwyck cracks wise too, while dripping pheromones. EXTRAS Chats about noir, pulp, and Stanwyck’s cheap blond wig. ”Wilder always thought [the wig] was one of the biggest mistakes of his career,” says Lem Dobbs in one commentary. ”I think it’s perfect,” says Richard Schickel in another. Perversely fascinating: A ‘73 TV remake, with a near-identical script, is claw-your-eyes-out awful.
Double Indemnity Raymond Chandler and director Billy Wilder turn James M. Cain's novella Double Indemnity's venal insurance salesman (Fred MacMurray)...Double IndemnityMystery and ThrillerRaymond Chandler, Billy WilderUnrated Raymond Chandler and director Billy Wilder turn James M. Cain's novella Double Indemnity's venal insurance salesman (Fred MacMurray)...2006-08-25Edward G. Robinson
Genre: Mystery and Thriller; Starring: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson; Director: Billy Wilder; Author: Raymond Chandler, Billy Wilder; Status: In Season; MPAA Rating: Unrated
Posted August 25 2006 — 12:00 AM EDT
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