Hot Picks

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- Hacked 2020

- Black Bridge 2006

- Transit 17 2019

- The Sword Swallower 2019

- The Major and the Minor 1942

- The Mind of Juliane 2019

- Art of the Dead 2019

- Harpoon 2019

- Mad Santa 2019

- The Furnace 2019

- Horror Movie: A Low Budget Nightmare 2017

- Get Up Eight 2019

- Clownado 2019

- Cruising 1980

- Dolphin 2016

- Devil's Revenge 2019

- Candy Corn 2019

- I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu 2019

- Glass Cabin 2019

- Art of Deception 2018

- Momo: The Missouri Monster 2019

- Third Temple 2014

- Who Saw Her Die? 1972

- VHS Nasty 2019

- Once Upon a Time in Deadwood 2019

- Rueful Warrior 2019

- The Great Charade 2019

- Sturmgewehr 2019

- Bald Knobber 2017

- Stop IT! 2019

- The Hills Have Eyes 2 1984

- Zombie Army 1991

- The Dark Days of Demetrius 2019

- Lonely Hearts 2019

- Urban Fears 2019

- Artik 2019

- In the Aftermath 1988

- Shadowplay 2019

- Apocalyptic 2077 2019

- Re:jected by Reality 2003

- Eternal Code 2019

- Tomorrow, Maybe 2017

- Power of Grayskull 2017

- Rabid 2019

- Forced Entry 2019

- Ripper Tour 2018

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

Double Indemnity
Frau ohne Gewissen

USA 1944
produced by
Joseph Sistrom, Buddy G. DeSylva (executive) for Paramount
directed by Billy Wilder
starring Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Jean Heather, Porter Hall, Tom Powers, Byron Barr, Richard Gaines, Fortunio Bonanova, John Philliber, Betty Farrington, Sam McDaniel, Douglas Spencer
screenplay by Billy Wilder, Raymond Chandler, based on the novel by James M. Cain, music by Miklós Rózsa

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin

Batman

Bigfoot

Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan

Cinderella

Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who

Dracula

Elizabeth Bathory

Emmanuelle

Fantomas

Flash Gordon

Frankenstein

Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu

Fuzzy

Gamera

Godzilla

Hercules

El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim

Justine

Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution

Lobo

Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III

Maciste

Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong

Mothra

Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Quatermass

Robin Hood

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes

Spider-Man

Star Trek

Sukeban Deka

Superman

Tarzan

Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Winnetou

Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman

Yojimbo

Zatoichi

Zorro

Available on DVD !

To buy, click on link(s) below and help keep this site afloat

Always make sure of DVD-compatibility !!!



Originally, insurance salesman Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) only wanted to remind his client Dietrichson (Tom Powers) to renew his car insurance - but instead of him, he meets his wife Phyllis (Barbara Stanwyck) ... who wants to insure her husband against accidents - without his knowledge of course. Now Neff isn't naive, so it doesn't take him long to figure Phyllis doesn't actually care about her husband's welfare at all but wants to get her hands on quite a bit of dough should her husband "accidently" have an accident. Thus Neff refuses Phyllis's proposal outrightly of course ... well, at first, anyways, but Phyllis is an attractive woman, and she feels herself drawn to him, so ...

Eventually, Dietrichson dies falling off a train platform - only he didn't, he was killed beforehands by Neff and Phyllis, then Neff boarded the train in his place and jumped off the train at an opportune moment to then place the corpse where he hopped off. The perfect crime, Neff figures, and initially everything goes in his and Phyllis's favour, even Neff's best friend, insurance claim investigator Keyes (Edward G. Robinson) thinks it was a mere accident, nothing more ... but then question after question pops up and Keyes starts investigating, and he begins to piece together a puzzle that leads to Phyllis as the culprit, but she's sure to have had a male accomplice. Now it's not that Keyes has anything tangible yet, just a gut-feeling, but he's a bloodhound who always gets his guy.

What Neff has in his favour is that he knows how Keyes thinks, and has enough nerve to stay away from Phyllis for the time being, and he soon even finds out that Phyllis has a secret lover (Byron Barr) he intends to let take his place - on the electric chair. He also comes up with a fool-proof plan to kill Phyllis and let the lover take the fall ... but Phyllis has a few wicked ideas of her own, so when Neff turns up at her place to kill her, she awaits him with a loaded gun - and in the end, while he shoots her dead, she manages to injure him to such a degree that he stays alive for just about long enough for Keyes to catch up with him and once again get his guy.

 

One of these film noirs that gets just about everything right: The narrative build-up is brilliant, there may be little in terms of action, but the dialogue is sharp and edgy and contains just the right amount of irony to keep the audience interested throughout, the characters are all well-fleshed out and interesting, and the acting is first rate. Plus the pacing is impeccable and the direction subtle without ever boring the audience, so in all, this is pretty much a must-see!!!

Totally recommended.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

Feeling lucky ?
Want to
search
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?

The links below
will take you
just there !!!

Find Double Indemnity
at the amazons ...

USA  amazon.com

Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)  amazon.co.uk

Germany (East AND West)  amazon.de

Looking for imports ?
Find Double Indemnity here ...

Thailand  eThaiCD.com
Your shop for all things Thai

Something naughty ?
(Must be over 18 to go there !)

x-rated  find Double Indemnity at adultvideouniverse.com


Thanks for watching !!!

 

 

Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
-
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner

 

Out now from
Amazon!!!

 

 

 

On the same day
a Burglar wants to kill you
and your Ex wants
to make up ...
... and for the life of it,
you can't decide
WHICH IS WORSE!!!

 

A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
Michael Haberfelner
starring
Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD