Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Clause for Alarm

He thought he was smart--and a shark
But Phyllis kept Neff in the dark
A claim that pays double
proved nothing but trouble
Her lover, he's also her mark

Barbara Stanwyck (as Phyllis Dietrichson) casts a shadow over Fred MacMurray (as Walter Neff) in Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944). Don't ask me why, but these Double Indemnity lims just seem to write themselves. And speaking of insurance, a good policy for preserving film noir is donating to the Film Noir Foundation.


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