Double Indemnity 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… Double Indemnity 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…
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Double Indemnity (2006)

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Details Release Date: Aug 22, 2006; DVD Release Date: Aug 22, 2006; Movie Rated: Unrated; Genre: Mystery and Thriller; With: Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck

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.

Originally posted Aug 25, 2006 Published in issue #894 Sep 01, 2006 Order article reprints