Sunday, June 01, 2008

Movie review: Double Indemnity



A noir classic, told in flashbacks by the main character, Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray). It was hard to reconcile the Fred MacMurray of this movie against the milquetoast father in "My Three Sons," which is what I knew him from.

Neff is an insurance salesman, lured into killing a client by the client's femme fatale wife, played by Barbara Stanwyck. The twists and turns are interesting, and Edward G. Robinson, also playing against type as Neff's straight-arrow coworker and friend, manages to make his scenes his own in a movie that is definitely not his.

Most of what I knew about this movie before I watched it, I learned from Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid. It's not much of a departure.

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