The Movie Snob takes in a classic.
Double Indemnity (B). Yes, it was classic movie night at The Magnolia again last Tuesday night, and I just had to take a gander at this classic film noir I’ve heard so much about. Fred MacMurray (TV’s My Three Sons) plays Walter Neff, a talented but amoral insurance salesman. He calls on a wealthy client and finds that the client isn’t home but his sultry wife Phyllis (Barbara Stanwyck, The Lady Eve) is. Sparks fly, and before long Walter is hatching a scheme with Phyllis to insure her husband’s life and then off him. It’s a pretty good movie, but the effect was slightly spoiled in the early going by the audience’s frequent outbursts of laughter during some of the excessively hard-boiled dialogue. And I didn’t quite buy the ending. But still and all, I enjoyed the movie. Edward G. Robinson (Soylent Green) co-stars as the insurance claims investigator who can smell insurance fraud a mile away.