Starring: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Written By: Billy Wilder, Raymond Chandler
Rating: NR (US) Running Time: 1 hr 47 min
This is such a good story. Solidly written and shot by Bill Wilder and Raymond Chandler, and perfectly performed by its leading cast. Especially Edward G. Robinson as the dogged insurance claims investigator. He’s so much fun to watch in this. Sure, the dialog by today’s standards is a little hammy. But this classic noir tale of seduction, betrayal and murder still resonates.
This was made in the 40’s, so the dialog may seem at little hammy today. Just focus on the story and performances and you’ll be glad you checked this out.
Best viewing format:
You’re not likely going to find a big screen showing, but a regular dvd or streaming show at home would be fun. This is one of those you enjoy curled up on the couch on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Best moment for me:
Phyllis (Barbara Stanwyck) has popped by Walter’s (Fred MacMurray) apartment to find Keyes (Edward G. Robinson) is already there. She waits outside until Keyes leaves. As the door to the apartment opens out into the corridor, Phyllis hides behind it. To let Walter know she’s there, she gentle pulls on the door a little. I absolutely love clever simple touches like this!