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Laserdisc DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944) Porter Hall FS Classic LD

Laserdisc DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944) Porter Hall FS Classic LD

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Laserdisc Title: "DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)"
Edition: Fullscreen Edition (Single Disc)
Directed By: Billy Wilder
Starring: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Porter Hall, Jean Heather, Tom Powers, Byron Barr, Richard Gaines, Fortuna Bonanova
Special Features: ---Theatrical Trailer---
Production / Year:1944 Paramount Pictures Inc., Renewed 1971 EMKA
Running Time: 107 Minutes / Black & White
Audio Format:CX Encoded
Video Format: NTSC, CLV (Extended Play)Miscellaneous Features: Not Rated
Distributed By: MCA Home Video
Catalog / Spine Number: 21004

Cosmetic Condition:
Disc (s): Very Good - Few very light to very minor hairline surface swirls or very light fingerprint marks
Jacket: Very Good - Normal shelf wear, few creases, slightly worn-out corners or edges and some signs of minor spines split

Director Billy Wilder and writer Raymond Chandleradapted James M. Cain's hard-boiled novel into this wildly thrilling story of insurance man Walter Neff , who schemes the perfect murder with the beautiful dame Phyllis Dietrichson: kill Dietrichson's husband and make off with the insurance money. But, of course, in these plots things never quite go as planned, and Barton Keyes is the wily insurance investigator who must sort things out. From the opening scene you know Neff is doomed, as the story is told in flashback; yet, to the film's credit, this doesn't diminish any of the tension of the movie. This early film noir flick is wonderfully campy by today's standards, and the dialogue is snappy ("I thought you were smarter than the rest, Walter. But I was wrong. You're not smarter, just a little taller"), filled with lots of "dame"s and "baby"s. Stanwyck is the ultimate femme fatale, and MacMurray, is convincingly cast against type as the hapless, love-struck sap."Double Indemnity" is Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler's 1944 take on James Cain's classic tale of murder for greed. Fred MacMurray is Walter Neff, an insurance man who meets Phyllis Diedrichson (Barbara Stanwyck)and immediately falls for her. Phyllis is married but as the ultimate femme fatale, she is looking for a way to ditch her husband and cash in at the same time. Walter quickly becomes Phyllis' puppet in the plot to murder her husband and learns that not only do things not go as originally planned, but that Phyllis is not exactly who she seems to be. As in Wilder's later masterpiece "Sunset Boulevard", this story is told in flashback, with Walter narrating his fall from grace into an early dictaphone, for insurance investigator, Barton Keyes, played to perfection by Edward G. Robinson. MacMurray, usually the genial good guy and later best remembered for his television roles, gives Walter just enough edginess to make him both sympathetic and convincing as an insurance salesman who is willing to get shady to make the sale and get the dame. Watching this movie will make you wonder why MacMurray never became a true leading man. Barbara Stanwyck excels as the sultry Phyllis who, from the moment she enters the frame and you see her ankle bracelet, you know is trouble. Yet, like a bad train wreck, Walter can't tear himself away and neither can the viewer. "Double Indemnity" (referring to the double indemnity of Mr. Diedrichson's insurance policy) is classic film noir at its best. The writing is crisp and catchy, the dialogue is peppered with great lines and phrases and the acting is stellar. Additionally, the character of Phyllis is unapologetically bad - - and that makes the movie good. A real feast for the noir fan. Highly recommended.


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