September 4, 2012
Universal Home Video
An insurance salesman and a scheming blond persuade her husband to sign a policy that pays double for accidental death - then they plan an accident. One of the great movies of all time with an electric script written by Wilder and Chandler, based on the novel by James M. Cain. Academy Award Nominations: 7, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay.
Linked thematically with Lawrence Kasdan's "Body Heat" (1981).
Other films written by novelist Raymond Chandler: "And Now Tomorrow" (1944), "The Blue Dahlia (1946), from his own story; and "The Unseen" (1945).
The story of "Double Indemnity" was inspired by the notorious Snyder-Gray murder that took place in Queens Village, New York in the 1920s. Albert Snyder was bludgeoned to death by his wife Ruth Snyder and her lover Judd Gray in order to collect his insurance money.
Copyright 1944 Paramount Pictures; renewed 1971 EMKA.