History Film / DoubleIndemnity

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.
9th Dec '15 5:12:26 AM TywinLannister
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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.]]
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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.]]
9th Dec '15 5:10:52 AM TywinLannister
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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.]]
9th Dec '15 5:06:25 AM TywinLannister
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* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler: Neff may have been a greedy murderer but his pitiful and tragic demise makes you feel ''so'' sorry for him. Heck, you might even feel bad for Phyllis as her conscience/love for Neff catches up to her before she dies.]]

* FamousLastWords: " I'm not asking you to buy it, just hold me close!"---[[spoiler: Phyllis Dietrichson]] ** "I love you too."---[[spoiler: Walter Neff]]
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* FamousLastWords: " I'm not asking you to buy it, just hold me close!"---[[spoiler: close!"--[[spoiler: Phyllis Dietrichson]] ** "I love you too."---[[spoiler: "--[[spoiler: Walter Neff]]

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* FamousLastWords: " I'm not asking you to buy it, just hold me close!"---[[spoiler: ** Phyllis Dietrichson]] ** "I love you too."---[[spoiler: also seems to have one [[spoiler: right before Walter Neff]]kills her.]]

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* FamousLastWords: " I'm not asking you LoveEpiphany: The only logical explanation as to buy it, just hold me close!"---[[spoiler: why [[spoiler: Phyllis Dietrichson]] ** "I love you too."---[[spoiler: Walter Neff]]doesn't kill Walter.]]

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* FamousLastWords: " I'm not asking you to buy it, just hold me close!"---[[spoiler: Phyllis Dietrichson]] ** "I love you too."---[[spoiler: Walter Neff]]PreMortemOneLiner: "Goodbye, baby."
9th Dec '15 4:59:57 AM TywinLannister
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* FamousLastWords: " I'm not asking you to buy it, just hold me close!"---[[spoiler: Phyllis Dietrichson]] ** "I love you too."---[[spoiler: Walter Neff]]
25th Nov '15 1:17:52 AM Ominae
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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.
28th Aug '15 10:27:35 AM Pallo
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* OneLastSmoke
6th Jul '15 3:16:54 AM RushLimborg
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11th Apr '15 10:06:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Based on the 1927 Snyder-Gray murder, which also inspired ''BodyHeat'' and ''Literature/ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice''
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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Based on the 1927 Snyder-Gray murder, which also inspired ''BodyHeat'' ''Film/BodyHeat'' and ''Literature/ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice''''Film/ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice''
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