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November 27, 2019

Episode 443: Double Indemnity (1944)

Guest Co-Hosts: Kat Ellinger, Keith Gordon

Noirvember 2019 wraps up with Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity (1944). With a screenplay co-written by Wilder and and based on a story by , the film is one of the seminal works of film noir. It stars Fred MacMurray as fast-talking Walter Neff, an insurance agent who gets played for a dope by a dame. The dame in question, Phyllis Dietrichson, is played by the one and only Barbara Stanwyck. The two cook up an insurance scam to pay off big after they bump off her husband.

Keith Gordon and Kat Ellinger join Mike to discuss Double Indemnity, its 1973 TV remake, the adult adaptation Eruption (1977), Body Heat (1981), and the Body Heat/Double Indemnity mash-up, Jism (2003).

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Soundtrack by Miklos Rosza



  1. Best line ever! "I couldn't hear my own footsteps. It was the walk of a dead man."

  2. This completely turned me around on Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray when I was a kid who only them from BIG VALLEY, and MY THREE SONS/FLUBBER. I was about 12 when I first saw it (which would be 1979) and was particularly interested because I already loved SOME LIKE IT HOT.

    I love showing this and then SUNSET BLVD to young people who love film but haven't gotten to Wilder yet.

    ~Sean Smithson

  3. I just watched this for the first time. Now I know what Frank Miller was influenced by in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Phyllis’ death scene is exactly the same as Eva Green’s in Sin City 2.