Double Indemnity script
Synopsis: In this classic film noir, insurance salesman Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) gets roped into a murderous scheme when he falls for the sensual Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck), who is intent on killing her husband (Tom Powers) and living off the fraudulent accidental death claim. Prompted by the late Mr. Dietrichson's daughter, Lola (Jean Heather), insurance investigator Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson) looks into the case, and gradually begins to uncover the sinister truth.

elevator stops.

NIGHT WATCHMAN:

(Surly)

Twelve.

The door opens. Across a small dark reception room a pair of

frosted glass doors are lettered: PACIFIC ALL-RISK INSURANCE

COMPANY - FOUNDED 1906 - MAIN OFFICE. There is a little light

beyond the glass doors.

Neff straightens up and walks heavily out of the elevator,

across reception room to doors. He pushes them open. The

night watchman stares after him morosely, works lever,

elevator doors start to close.

A-8 TWELFTH FLOOR INSURANCE OFFICE

(Note for set-designer: Our Insurance Company occupies the

entire eleventh and twelfth floors of the building. On the

twelfth floor are the executive offices and claims and sales

departments. These all open off a balcony which runs all the

way around. From the balcony you see the eleventh floor below:

one enormous room filled with desks, typewriters, filing

cabinets, business machines, etc.)

Neff comes through the double entrance doors from the

reception room. The twelfth floor is dark. Some light shines

up from the eleventh floor. Neff takes a few steps then holds

on to the balcony railing and looks down.

A-9 THE ELEVENTH FLOOR FROM ABOVE - NEFF'S POINT OF VIEW

Two colored women are cleaning the offices. One is dry-mopping

the floor, the other is moving chairs back into position,

etc. A colored man is emptying waste baskets into a big square

box. He shuffles a little dance step as he moves, and hums a

little tune.

A-10 NEFF

Moves away from the railing with a faint smile on his face,

and walks past two or three offices (CAMERA WITH HIM) towards

a glass door with number twenty-seven on it and three names:

HENRY B. ANDERSON, WALTER NEFF, LOUIS L. SCHWARTZ. Neff opens

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