|Fred and Barbara in the second of three|
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Whenever someone talked about this film, I felt as though I had committed an unforgivable sin, broke a law, or thumbed my nose to the world of classic films because it wasn't until very recently that I finally watched it. After having watched it, I feel as though it should be one of the first ten any new classic film lover should see (and that's saying something).
I like a lot of films; the selected ones, the one that I love, however, are in an elite group all of their own. I'm glad to say that Double Indemnity is now a part of that elite group.
|The opening credits.|
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|Walter Neff telling his side of the story.|
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It's then when he begins to go into how he, Walter Neff, had come to killing the old man Dietrichson.
He killed him "for money and a woman. I didn't get the money and I didn't get the woman"--the same ol' same ol'.
To be quite honest, I hate it when some of my favorites are bad guys. I like them to be a good guy--or good woman, and I suppose in a way that's typecasting. I know that some of them loved to stretch their wings and play against type, got to show their acting chops a little bit. I understand that, and I admire them for it, but that still doesn't change the fact that I don't really care for them to be a bad guy. So, while I have to admit that Barbara Stanwyck was superb in Double Indemnity as was Fred MacMurray, I didn't really care for them to be so heartless--especially Barbara.
|Murder at first sight.|
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And she would have gotten away with it . . . they both would have had it not been for Keyes and "the little man inside of me". I don't know anything about murdering anyone since I have no desire to, so I have no idea if this murder would still hold up today, but considering the fact that Edward G. Robinson figured out what really happened--even though he initially got the wrong man--I don't think it would.
|Edward G. Robinson, or as I like to call him, Eddie G., as|
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|Tom Powers as Mr. Dietrichson. The poor sap has no idea |
what's coming to him.
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Walter Neff: You'll be here, too?
Phyllis Dietrichson: I guess so, I usually am.
Walter Neff: Same chair, same perfume, same anklet?
Phyllis Dietrichson: I wonder if you know what you mean.
Walter Neff: I wonder if you wonder.
Walter Neff: It's just like the first time I came here, isn't it? We were talking about automobile insurance only you were thinking about murder. And I was thinking about that anklet.
Plus the numerous times that Fred MacMurray said, "Baby" . . . I don't think I've heard anyone say "Baby" quite the way he did.
|Keyes lighting Neff's cigarette.|
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I give this film a 4/4 stars, and highly suggest that it be one of your first classics to watch if you are a newbie.