History Film / DoubleIndemnity

18th Apr '17 2:21:03 PM bt8257
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* AdaptationDistillation: Mildly. The film hews very close to the book for the most part (though it eliminates some revelations about Phyllis), but the ending is both spatially and temporally more compact. Its main differences are in the dialogue (Chandler believed Cain's dialogue [[PragmaticAdaptation wouldn't translate well]] to the screen) and the use of the FramingDevice of Neff recounting the story into the dictaphone.

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* AdaptationDistillation: Mildly.{{Downplayed|Trope}}. The film hews very close to the book for the most part (though it eliminates some revelations about Phyllis), but the ending is both spatially and temporally more compact. Its main differences are in the dialogue (Chandler believed Cain's dialogue [[PragmaticAdaptation wouldn't translate well]] to the screen) and the use of the FramingDevice of Neff recounting the story into the dictaphone.



* AssholeVictim:
** Played with Mr. Dietrichson. While certainly loudmouthed and obnoxious, it's hinted that a great deal of what Phyllis tells Neff about him is exaggerated or made up in order to get him to go along with her plan.

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* AssholeVictim:
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AssholeVictim: Played with in regards to Mr. Dietrichson. While certainly loudmouthed and obnoxious, it's hinted that a great deal of what Phyllis tells Neff about him is exaggerated or made up in order to get him to go along with her plan.



* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: [[spoiler:Walter]] and [[spoiler:Phyllis]] commit suicide at the end of the book, rather than face prison and execution for their crime.
* BlackAndGreyMorality: The one pure character (Dietrichson's daughter) seems to be the story's TheWoobie.

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* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: [[spoiler:Walter]] [[spoiler:Walter and [[spoiler:Phyllis]] Phyllis commit suicide at the end of the book, rather than face prison and execution for their crime.
crime.]]
* BlackAndGreyMorality: BlackAndGrayMorality: The one pure character (Dietrichson's daughter) seems to be the story's TheWoobie.
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17th Apr '17 4:19:24 PM bt8257
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* VillainProtagonist: Neff may be a sap who falls prey to Phyllis' manipulation; but he's also a murderer.

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* VillainProtagonist: Neff may be a sap who falls prey to Phyllis' manipulation; manipulation, but he's also a murderer.
17th Apr '17 4:01:05 PM bt8257
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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Based on the [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_Snyder 1927 Snyder-Gray murder]], which also inspired ''Film/BodyHeat'' and ''Film/ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice.''

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Based on the [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_Snyder 1927 Snyder-Gray murder]], which also inspired ''Film/BodyHeat'' and ''Film/ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice.''
5th Mar '17 5:31:34 PM takeawhirl
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* AffablyEvil: Walter is a smooth talking and charismatic insurance salesman and a very likable and sympathetic protagonist who acts like TheEveryman. This makes it easy to forget that he's a murderer who killed an innocent man for "money and a woman" and even attempts to [[spoiler: frame an innocent teenager for his crimes. Though he does call it off at the last minute and has a HeelRealization.]]

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* AffablyEvil: Walter is a smooth talking and charismatic insurance salesman and a very likable and sympathetic protagonist who acts like TheEveryman. This makes it easy to forget that he's a murderer who killed an innocent man for "money and a woman" and even attempts to [[spoiler: frame an innocent teenager person for his crimes. Though he does call it off at the last minute and has a HeelRealization.]]
28th Jan '17 12:02:56 PM SwampAdder
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* CigarChomper: Keyes has a his mouth by the end of nearly every scene he is in.

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* CigarChomper: Keyes has a cigar in his mouth by the end of nearly every scene he is in.



* InsuranceFraud: The plot of the film revolves around Phyllis' attempt to arrange her husband's murder and collect his insurance money, which pays double in the event of accidental death (i.e. [[TitleDrop double indemnity.]])

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* InsuranceFraud: The plot of the film revolves around Phyllis' attempt to arrange her husband's murder and collect his insurance money, which pays double in the event of accidental death (i.e. [[TitleDrop double indemnity.]])indemnity).



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Subverted. Neff is sure that Keyes is going to hit him with one of these, full of "twenty-dollar words," but Keyes just looks at him with his eyes full of sorrow and betrayal and says:

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Subverted. Neff is sure that Keyes is going to hit him with one of these, full of "twenty-dollar "two-dollar words," but Keyes just looks at him with his eyes full of sorrow and betrayal and says:



* TitleDrop: As Neff explains the clause in accident insurance policies that would result in even more money, if it's "the kind that almost never happens": "Little thing called 'double indemnity'..."
29th Dec '16 7:48:52 PM TheBookWasBetter
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* OhCrap: Clearly what's going through Walter's mind when [[spoiler: Mr.Jackson]] shows up outside Keyes' office.
29th Dec '16 3:54:20 PM TheBookWasBetter
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**Also applies to the film itself. An alternate ending was filmed in which Walter is executed at San Quentin, but the directer didn't use it because he felt it was anti climatic. The footage is now lost, except for a few still frames.
26th Dec '16 8:49:54 AM AzureOwl
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* ChekhovsGunman: Nino.

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* ChekhovsGunman: Nino.Nino, who at first appears to be nothing more than an excuse for Walter to interact with Lola.



* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Phyllis. Dear God, Phyllis.
* CigarChomper: Keyes.

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* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Phyllis. Dear God, Phyllis.
Phyllis. There is no single accomplice that she doesn't plan to eventually turn on.
* CigarChomper: Keyes.Keyes has a his mouth by the end of nearly every scene he is in.



* DownerEnding: Obviously.

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* DownerEnding: Obviously.Obviously given that is stars a VillainProtagonist during the height of the Hays Code.


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* RiddleForTheAges: Neither Walter nor the audience ever finds out what was the nature of Nino's relationship with Phyllis and to what extent he was involved with her plans.
25th Dec '16 9:43:30 AM AzureOwl
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* JerkassHasAPoint: Mr. Norton, Neff and Keyes’ boss, might be a prick who has never so much as glanced at an actuarial chart in his life, but he is correct in assuming something is fishy about Dietrichson’s death. He is also the first to suspect Walter of being involved with his death.
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