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Double Indemnity: superbly crafted scene from Billy Wilder's film noir classic

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Published on Jan 31, 2009

Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck in a superbly crafted scene from Billy Wilder's 1944 film noir classic, 'Double Indemnity'.

An example of typical Raymond Chandler dialogue in the script; after Walter (MacMurray) comes on a little too strong:

Phyllis (Stanwyck): There's a speed limit in this state, Mr. Neff. 45 miles an hour.
Walter (MacMurray): How fast was I going, officer?
Phyllis: I'd say around 90.
Walter: Suppose you get down off your motorcycle and give me a ticket.
Phyllis: Suppose I let you off with a warning this time.
Walter: Suppose it doesn't take.
Phyllis: Suppose I have to whack you over the knuckles.
Walter: Suppose I bust out crying and put my head on your shoulder.
Phyllis: Suppose you try putting it on my husband's shoulder.
Walter: That tears it...

ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS
Best Actress in a Leading Role (Barbara Stanwyck)
Best Cinematography, Black-and-White
Best Director (Billy Wilder)
Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture
Best Picture
Academy Award for Best Sound, recording
Best Writing, Screenplay

If you enjoyed this clip, support the movies of tomorrow and purchase the complete movie on DVD from Paramount Pictures.

(c) Paramount Pictures

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