She is prepared, however, and shoots him in the shoulder. The film stars as an insurance salesman, as a provocative housewife who wishes her husband were dead, and as a claims adjuster whose job is to find phony claims. This relationship with Chandler is what drew Wilder to his next project, the Best Picture-winning , about an alcoholic writer. Walter and Phyllis are pulp characters with little psychological depth, and that's the way Billy Wilder wants it. Is Neff blinded by lust and greed? That's a different school from the Seeing Eye school. Dietrichson refuses the accident insurance, but enrolls for auto insurance, and is unaware that Walter has given him an accident insurance form to sign as well.
Phyllis admits to having fantasies of killing Dietrichson, but his life insurance beneficiary is his mature daughter Lola, who hates her. In it Breen warned: The general low tone and sordid flavor of this story makes it, in our judgment, thoroughly unacceptable for screen presentation before mixed audiences in the theater. Unknown to Walter, Phyllis has prepared for his visit by hiding a gun under a seat cushion. Ducky's character goes through some development in this episode and David McCallum gives a touching performance. Believing Rhodes to be the murderous personality, Ed goes after him, and they end up shooting each other fatally, leaving only Paris still alive.
Ed hears a voice call out to him, and as he listens he finds himself in different building, strapped to the chair, with Dr. Barbara Stanwyck, in one of the most remembered performances of her extensive career, represents with nearly flawless ease the cold and ruthless manipulator who has no difficulty in ruining other people's lives in various ways including death, if necessary in order to get what she wants. He always thought I cheated on him with Raymond Chandler. Chandler and Wilder made considerable changes to Cain's story. Walter walks out, intending to escape to the border, but collapses before he gets to the elevator.
The group consists of an ex-cop, now limousine driver, Ed Dakota; Caroline Suzanne, an actress popular in the 1980s; Officer Rhodes, who is transporting convicted murderer Robert Maine; Paris Nevada, a prostitute; newlyweds Lou and Ginny Isiana; and the York family, George, Alice and their nine-year-old son, Timmy, who are in crisis because Alice has been struck by Ed's car. His journal contains entries written by his different personalities, each with distinct handwriting and writing style, as if they were the personal thoughts of several different people. Love and money are pretenses. Here Wilder taps into his 1920s Berlin roots, and he and Seitz give the film a look subtly reminiscent of , with dramatic deployment of light and shadows. And I did and I'm very grateful to him.
Barbara Stanwyck as Phyllis Dietrichson, the murderous femme fatale in Double Indemnity and Fred MacMurray as Walter Neff, her victim' , have amazing chemistry on screen. Paramount executives decided to let him play the unsavory role to teach him a lesson. So many imitations flooded the market, in fact, that James M. This is excellent, excellent filmmaking, and is a classic film that should not be missed. Phyllis files suit for the insurance money, and Keyes tells Walter that her partner-in-crime has shown himself. I knew it, even though I had already filmed the gas chamber scene.
They leave the husband's body on the tracks. Neff warns Phyllis not to pursue the insurance claim in court and admits that he has been talking to Lola about her past. At a screening soon after, DeSylva called him over: expecting heads to roll, Lipstone eagerly huddled with his chief — only to have DeSylva praise the music, saying it was exactly the dissonant, hard-hitting score the film needed. Malick is introducing the concept of integrating the personalities of someone with dissociative identity disorder, when Malcolm arrives, strapped into a wheelchair. Upset by her implications, Walter leaves, but his expectation that he has not seen the last of Phyllis is fulfilled when she appears at his apartment. Journals belonging to Malcolm are discovered mis-filed in the case evidence, not introduced during the trial.
In the opening scenes, as Walter Neff stumbles off the elevator on his way to his office to record his confession, the vast two-tiered office is empty and dark. Keyes arrives unnoticed and hears enough to know the truth. Lipstone was convinced that as soon as the studio's Artistic Director, , heard the music he would throw it out. However, after the fire is extinguished, no bodies are found, and the group then discovers that the bodies of all the previous victims have disappeared. At the time, Seitz was the premiere director of photography on the Paramount lot; his work extended all the way back to the silent era. Some took place in and other places in , while the majority was shot on a sound stage at in.
Jackson there, but he manages to get Jackson to leave. She does not, and he takes the gun from her. I was appalled to see Tony go into the suspects hospital room. In these types of films, the man often either finds his life in ruins or ends up dead, as is often but not always also the case with the fate of the femme fatale. They submitted a crafted by Wilder and his writing partner , and this time the Hays Office approved the project with only a few objections: the portrayal of the disposal of the body, a proposed gas-chamber execution scene, and the skimpiness of the towel worn by the female lead in her first scene. Neff drives to his office and starts speaking into his Dictaphone, as seen at the film's opening. Wilder himself considered Double Indemnity his best film in terms of having the fewest scripting and shooting mistakes and always maintained that the two things he was proudest of in his career were the compliments he received from Cain about Double Indemnity and from for his handling of her.
At the hotel, two people die in clear accidents, but numbered keys are still discovered near their bodies. Agatha Christie fans will assume that one of them is the murderer—or maybe it's the clerk. His eyes are guarded and his posture reserved. But she died before Bethany was born. Attempting to flee, two more guests are apparently killed when their car explodes. Because he wants to be discovered by Keyes? In 1998, it was ranked No. McCarey beamed as his picture won award after award and when he was named Best Director, Wilder could no longer take it.