DOUBLE INDEMNITY
1944, Universal, 107 min, Dir: Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder’s cunning masterpiece helped to spawn Hollywood’s dark era of mordant murder thrillers and is one of the greatest noirs ever made. Fred MacMurray plays Walter Neff, the sardonic insurance salesman who is willingly seduced by slinky Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck) into planning and executing the murder of her newly insured husband. Edward G. Robinson is Keyes, Neff’s sharp colleague and gruff friend, who smells a rat when Phyllis’ hubby has a fatal train "accident," qualifying the femme fatale for the lucrative double-indemnity payout.


THERE'S ALWAYS TOMORROW
1956, Universal, 84 min, Dir: Douglas Sirk

Hard-working toy manufacturer, Cliff (Fred MacMurray) thinks he has a fairly idyllic family life until old flame, Norma (Barbara Stanwyck) blows back into town, still carrying the torch. Melodrama master Douglas Sirk directs with his usual attention to expressionistic color and emotion-fraught sequences. Numerous top-notch leading and supporting performances, including Pat Crowley as Cliff’s son’s fiancee, Ann.


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