Billy Wilder (along with co-screenwriter Raymond Chandler and cinematographer John Seitz) made one of the first definitive films noir with this witty, pitch-black thriller.
“This shrewd, smoothly tawdry thriller is one of the high points of nineteen-forties films.” – Pauline Kael
“This expert night of the Hollywood soul is such a genre axiom it practically scans like a mid-’40s shopper’s catalogue for noiristes …” – Village Voice
Smooth-talking insurance salesman Walter Neff meets attractive Phyllis Dietrichson when he calls to renew her husband’s automobile policy. The couple are immediately drawn to each other and an affair begins. They cook up a scheme to murder Mr. Dietrichson for life insurance money with a double indemnity clause. Unfortunately, all does not go to plan..