- Original title
- Running time
- 106 min.
- United States
Raymond Chandler, Billy Wilder (Novel: James M. Cain)
John F. Seitz (B&W)
Edward G. Robinson,
Film noir. Mystery. Thriller | Crime
- Movie Groups
James M. Cain Adaptations
- Synopsis / Plot
- Unsuspecting Mr. Dietrichson becomes increasingly accident prone after his icily calculating wife (Barbara Stanwyck) encourages him to sign a double indemnity policy proposed by a smooth-talking insurance agent (Fred MacMurray). Against a backdrop of distinctly California settings, the partners in crime plan the perfect murder to collect on the insurance. Perfect until a claims manager (Edward G. Robinson) gets a familiar feeling of foul play and pursues the matter relentlessly. Tension soars as the would-be lovers find themselves plotting against each other.
: Academy Awards: 7 Nominations, including Movie, Director, Actress & Screenplay
: New York Film Critics Circle: 2 Nominations
- Critics' reviews
"A brilliant collision of evil and the mundane"
Douglas Pratt : The Hollywood Reporter
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