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Rated NR · 106 minutes · 1944

Crime drama
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.
Director: Billy Wilder
Writer: James Cain, Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler
Producer: Buddy DeSylva
Cast: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Robinson, Porter Hall, Fortunio Bonanova, Jean Heather, Tom Powers and Byron Barr

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