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Barbara Stanwyck

Double Indemnity

Stanwyck shines in this noir classic from Billy Wilder.

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USA 1944
Dir Billy Wilder
With Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Edward G Robinson
Certificate PG

Adapting James M Cain’s novella alongside Raymond Chandler, Wilder persuaded a reluctant Stanwyck – then Hollywood’s highest-paid female actor – to play the deviously manipulative Phyllis Dietrichson, who seduces an insurance agent (the likewise popular MacMurray) into a scam that necessitates her husband’s demise. The casting – like John Seitz’s camerawork and Miklós Rózsa’s score – paid off beautifully: the result was a noir classic.

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