In this classic film noir, insurance salesman Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) gets roped into a murderous scheme when he falls for the sensual Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck), who is intent on killing her husband (Tom Powers) and living off the fraudulent accidental death claim. Prompted by the late Mr. Dietrichson’s daughter, Lola (Jean Heather), insurance investigator Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson) looks into the case, and gradually begins to uncover the sinister truth.

Indemnity is a 1944 American film noir, directed by Billy Wilder, co-written by Wilder and Raymond Chandler, and produced by Buddy DeSylva and Joseph Sistrom. The script was based on James M. Cain’s 1943 novella of the same title which originally appeared as an eight-part serial in Liberty magazine.

The film stars Fred MacMurray as an insurance salesman, Barbara Stanwyck as a provocative housewife who wishes her husband were dead, and Edward G. Robinson as a claims adjuster whose job is to find phony claims. The term double indemnity refers to a clause in certain life insurance policies that doubles the payout in cases when death is caused by accidental means.

Praised by many critics when first released, Double Indemnity was nominated for seven Academy Awardsbut did not win any. Widely regarded as a classic, it is often cited as a paradigmatic film noir and as having set the standard for the films that followed in that genre.

John P. Hess

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What can be said about John P. Hess that hasn't already been said about a half-eaten bologna sandwich? Born on a tropical island somewhere in the South Pacific, John came to filmmaking when he connected two VCRs together for a 4th grade homework assignment and discovered linear editing. Unfortunately his patent application was denied as linear editing had been discovered and perfected 25 years prior. Undeterred, John continued playing with digital polygons all through high school until he discovered he could cast girls in his silly movie parodies. At University, John studied business administration and marketing which led to a three year stint as an advertising executive under the alias name Don Draper until his cover was blown by Pete Campbell. Determined to make it on his own, John became a commercial producer. Through a long deceased social network, John met Dennis Hartwig who was crowdsourcing the world's smallest death ray for ants. The death ray concept fell through so John and Dennis started Filmmaker IQ instead. After $insert#years$, Filmmaker IQ is one of the most well respected filmmaking resources in the Galactic Empire, visited by thousands of Zeta Reticulians and spambots every standard revolution. During his spare time, which is rare, John enjoys playing the trumpet, reading Supreme Court filings and mispronouncing French words.
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