History Film / DoubleIndemnity

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.
3rd Dec '16 6:51:23 PM DrOO7
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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Based on the 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, murder]], which also inspired ''Film/BodyHeat'' and ''Film/ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice.''
21st May '16 1:01:19 PM Morgenthaler
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* BlondesAreEvil: Phyllis.
14th Mar '16 6:02:17 AM nightkiller
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* TrickedIntoSigning: Walter Neff sells Mr. Dietrichson car insurance, then tricks him into signing a life insurance contract under the pretence that he needs him to sign two copies of the car insurance contract.

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* TrickedIntoSigning: Walter Neff sells Mr. Dietrichson car insurance, then tricks him into signing a life an accident insurance contract under the pretence that he needs him to sign two copies of the car insurance contract.
26th Feb '16 8:58:57 PM SwampAdder
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* MeaningfulEcho: "I love you, too." Said jokingly early in the film, and repeated more seriously at the very end.



* NeverTellMeTheOdds: Keyes is fond of quoting statistics. After all, it's his job.
2nd Feb '16 7:18:41 AM spirasen
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Walter Neff (Fred [=MacMurray=]) 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.

Neff, who has eleven years' experience in the insurance business, believes that he has the brains to pull off ThePerfectCrime. The only obstacle is his colleague and friend Barton Keyes ([[Creator/EdwardGRobinson Edward G. Robinson]]), the brilliant claims manager who can spot a phony insurance claim a mile away.

The story is told in flashback and narrated by Neff, who is [[ForegoneConclusion making a confession into his office Dictaphone]].

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Walter Neff (Fred [=MacMurray=]) [=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.

Neff, who has eleven years' experience in the insurance business, believes that he has the brains to pull off ThePerfectCrime. The only obstacle is his colleague and friend Barton Keyes ([[Creator/EdwardGRobinson Edward G. Robinson]]), (Creator/EdwardGRobinson), the brilliant claims manager who can spot a phony insurance claim a mile away.

The story is told in flashback and narrated by Neff, who is [[ForegoneConclusion making a confession into his office Dictaphone]].Dictaphone.]]



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* CigarChomper: Keyes

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* CigarChomper: KeyesKeyes.



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Keyes' introductory scene, in which he tears apart a guy trying to claim insurance on his truck by revealing that the man had set fire to it himself. The scene is irrelevant to the plot, but it serves to thoroughly introduce Keyes, his methods, his quirks, and his relationship to Neff

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Keyes' introductory scene, in which he tears apart a guy trying to claim insurance on his truck by revealing that the man had set fire to it himself. The scene is irrelevant to the plot, but it serves to thoroughly introduce Keyes, his methods, his quirks, and his relationship to NeffNeff.



* 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.]])



* OnlyAFleshWound: Averted. Neff receives a (visually-downplayed) gunshot wound in the shoulder, and [[spoiler:apparently dies from it at the end]].

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* OnlyAFleshWound: Averted. Neff receives a (visually-downplayed) gunshot wound in the shoulder, and [[spoiler:apparently dies from it at the end]].end.]]



* SchmuckBait: The titular Double Indemnity clauses are clearly described as this by Walter. [[WhatAnIdiot They go for it anyway]].

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* SchmuckBait: The titular Double Indemnity clauses are clearly described as this by Walter. [[WhatAnIdiot They go for it anyway]].anyway.]]



* ShutUpKiss

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* ShutUpKissShutUpKiss:



* 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'...."

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* 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'....indemnity'..."



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Based on the 1927 Snyder-Gray murder, which also inspired ''Film/BodyHeat'' and ''Film/ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice''

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Based on the 1927 Snyder-Gray murder, which also inspired ''Film/BodyHeat'' and ''Film/ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice''''Film/ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice.''
13th Jan '16 7:19:38 PM Mdumas43073
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* PrivateEyeMonologue

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* PrivateEyeMonologuePrivateEyeMonologue: Well, actually a Murderer Monologue, but the effect is the same.
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