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Double Indemnity

James M. Cain's pulp classic (1944), as adapted by Raymond Chandler and directed by Billy Wilder. Barbara Stanwyck is perfectly cast as a Los Angeles dragon lady burdened with too much time, too much money, and a dull husband. Fred MacMurray (less effectively) is the fly-by-night insurance salesman who hopes to relieve her of all three. Wilder trades Cain's sun-rot imagery for conventional film noir stylings, but the atmosphere of sexual entrapment survives. With Edward G. Robinson.



  • Billy Wilder


  • Fred MacMurray
  • Barbara Stanwyck
  • Edward G. Robinson
  • Porter Hall
  • Jean Heather
  • Tom Powers
  • Byron Barr
  • Richard Gaines


  • James M. Cain
  • Billy Wilder

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