History Film / DoubleIndemnity

16th Nov '17 7:11:45 AM Kitchen90
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Walter Neff (Fred [=Mac=]Murray) is a successful but bored insurance salesman who encounters Phyllis Dietrichson (Creator/BarbaraStanwyck) when he comes to her house to discuss automobile insurance. After the two have traded some innuendo-laden banter, Phyllis reveals that her marriage is not a particularly happy one and the pair end up conspiring to trick her husband into taking out an accident insurance policy -- and ensure that he then meets a tragic "accidental" end.

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Walter Neff (Fred [=Mac=]Murray) (Creator/FredMacMurray) is a successful but bored insurance salesman who encounters Phyllis Dietrichson (Creator/BarbaraStanwyck) when he comes to her house to discuss automobile insurance. After the two have traded some innuendo-laden banter, Phyllis reveals that her marriage is not a particularly happy one and the pair end up conspiring to trick her husband into taking out an accident insurance policy -- and ensure that he then meets a tragic "accidental" end.
12th Jun '17 11:03:11 AM nightkiller
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** In the novel, he begins to describe how he used one of the husband's crutches to kill the man, then adds "I won't tell you what I did then. But in two seconds he was curled down on the seat with a broken neck, and not a mark on him except a crease right over his nose, from the crosspiece of the crutch."
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.
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* BlackAndGreyMorality: BlackAndGrayMorality: The one pure character (Dietrichson's daughter) seems to be the story's TheWoobie.
18th Apr '17 2:21:03 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.
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