Golden Age of the Silver Screen

Double Indemnity (1944)

Episode #7 Episode #7

Paramount Pictures released Double Indemnity to theaters on July 3, 1944. Billy Wilder directed the film which starred Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, and Edward G. Robinson.

‘Double Indemnity’ Movie Summary

Insurance Agent, Walter Neff, arrives at his office with a gunshot wound to his left shoulder. He enters the office of his boss, Barton Keyes, and begins dictating a confession of murder and deceit.

A few months back, Neff meets Phyllis Dietrichson as he tries to get her husband to renew his automobile insurance policy. Phyllis seduces Neff, and convinces him to secretly take out an accident policy on her husband, and then kill him.

Neff uses his knowledge of his company’s policies to devise a plan to make Dietrichson’s death appear to be an accidental fall from a train. Doing so allows a “double indemnity” clause to come into effect, and pay out twice the policy’s face value.

Neff kills Dietrichson, but soon his boss, Keyes, is hot on the trail; believing the death to be murder and not an accident. Tensions build until a final confrontation between Neff and Phyllis. Who wins? Who loses? Watch this classic movie to find out.


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