Double Indemnity

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.
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

Three desks, filing cabinets, one typewriter on stand, one

dictaphone on fixed stand against wall with rack of records

underneath, telephones on all three desks. Water cooler with

inverted bottle and paper cup holder beside it. Two windows

facing toward front of building. Venetian blinds. No curtains.

Waste basket full, ash trays not emptied. The office has not

been cleaned.

Neff enters, switches on desk lamp. He looks across at dicta

phone, goes heavily to it and lifts off the fabric cover. He

leans down hard on the dictaphone stand as if feeling faint.

He turns away from dictaphone, takes a few uncertain steps

and falls heavily into a swivel chair. His head goes far

back, his eyes close, cold sweat shows on his face. For a

moment he stays like this, exhausted, then his eyes open

slowly and look down at his left shoulder. His good hand

flips the overcoat back, he unbuttons his jacket, loosens

his tie and shirt. This was quite an effort. He rests for a

second, breathing hard. With the help of his good hand he

edges his left elbow up on the arm-rest of the chair, supports

it there and then pulls his jacket wide. A heavy patch of

dark blood shows on his shirt. He pushes his chair along the

floor towards the water cooler, using his feet and his right

hand against the desk, takes out a handkerchief, presses

with his hand against the spring faucet of the cooler, soaks

the handkerchief in water and tucks it, dripping wet, against

the wound inside his shirt. Next, he gets a handful of water

and splashes it on his face. The water runs down his chin

and drips. He breathes heavily, with closed eyes. He fingers

a pack of cigarettes in his shirt pocket, pulls it out, looks

at it. There is blood on it. He wheels himself back to the

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