“Double Indemnity” quotes

(1944)
Movie Double Indemnity
Title Double Indemnity
Year 1944
Director Billy Wilder
Genre Drama, Crime, Film-Noir
Plot – Thanks to a taped confession of a wounded man, some crimes are solved. They involve a good looking man with no scruples and a woman, Phyllis Dietrichson, as attractive as dangerous. It all begins with a fateful encounter between them, after the expiry of an insurance policy which belonged to Phyllis' husband.
All actors – Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Porter Hall, Jean Heather, Tom Powers, Byron Barr, Richard Gaines, Fortunio Bonanova, John Philliber, , James Adamson, John Berry, Raymond Chandler, Edmund Cobb, Kernan Cripps, Betty Farrington, Bess Flowers, Harold Garrison, Eddie Hall, Teala Loring, George Magrill, Sam McDaniel, Billy Mitchell, Clarence Muse, Miriam Nelson, Constance Purdy, Dick Rush, Floyd Shackelford, Oscar Smith, Douglas Spencer
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  • “The job I'm talking about takes brains and integrity. It takes more guts than there is in 50 salesmen. It's the hardest job in the business.”

    Edward G. Robinson - Barton Keyes
  • “It's just like the first time I came here, isn't it? We were talking about automobile insurance, only you were thinking about murder. And I was thinking about that anklet.”

    Fred MacMurray - Walter Neff
  • “- Walter Neff: Afraid, baby?
    - Phyllis Dietrichson: Yes, I'm afraid. But not of Keyes. I'm afraid of us. We're not the same anymore. We did it so we could be together but instead of that, it's pulling us apart.”

    Fred MacMurray - Walter Neff
    Barbara Stanwyck - Phyllis Dietrichson
  • “They may think it's twice as safe because there are two of them. But it isn't twice as safe. It's ten times twice as dangerous. They've committed a murder.”

    Edward G. Robinson - Barton Keyes
    [Tag:danger, murder, safety]
  • “I picked you for the job, not because I think you're so darn smart, but because I thought you were a shade less dumb than the rest of the outfit. Guess I was wrong. You're not smarter, Walter... you're just a little taller.”

    Edward G. Robinson - Barton Keyes
  • “- Phyllis Dietrichson: I don't want to kill him. I never did. Not even when he gets drunk and slaps my face.
    - Walter Neff: Only sometimes you wish he was dead.
    - Phyllis Dietrichson: Perhaps I do.
    - Walter Neff: And you wish it was an accident and you had that policy for $50,000 dollars. Is that it?
    - Phyllis Dietrichson: Perhaps that too.”

    Barbara Stanwyck - Phyllis Dietrichson
    Fred MacMurray - Walter Neff
  • “I killed him. I killed him for money - and a woman - and I didn't get the money and I didn't get the woman.”

    Fred MacMurray - Walter Neff
    [Tag:killing, money, women]
  • “This Dietrichson business. It's murder, and murders don't come any neater. As fancy a piece of homicide as anybody ever ran into. Smart, tricky, almost perfect, but... I think Papa has it all figured out. It's beginning to come apart at the seams already.”

    Edward G. Robinson - Barton Keyes
  • “- Walter Neff: Now you hate him.
    - Phyllis Dietrichson: Yes, Walter. He's so mean to me. Every time I buy a dress or a pair of shoes, he yells his head off. He never lets me go anywhere. He keeps me shut up. He's always been mean to me. Even his life insurance all goes to that daughter of his.”

    Fred MacMurray - Walter Neff
    Barbara Stanwyck - Phyllis Dietrichson
  • “- Phyllis Dietrichson: We're both rotten.
    - Walter Neff: Only you're a little more rotten.”

    Barbara Stanwyck - Phyllis Dietrichson
    Fred MacMurray - Walter Neff
  • “- Walter Neff: What do the police figure?
    - Barton Keyes: That he got tangled up in his crutches and fell off the train. They're satisfied. It's not their dough.”

    Fred MacMurray - Walter Neff
    Edward G. Robinson - Barton Keyes
  • - Walter Neff: You can't get away with it. You want to knock him off, don't you?
    - Phyllis Dietrichson: That's a horrible thing to say.
    - Walter Neff: What do you think I was, anyway? A guy that walks into a good-looking dame's front parlor and says: "Good afternoon. I sell accident insurance on husbands. Have you got one that's been around too... (continue)
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    Fred MacMurray - Walter Neff
    Barbara Stanwyck - Phyllis Dietrichson
  • “- Walter Neff: Why didn't you shoot again, baby? Don't tell me it's because you've been in love with me all this time.
    - Phyllis Dietrichson: I never loved you, Walter, not you or anybody else. I'm rotten to the heart. I used you just as you said. That's all you ever meant to me. Until a minute ago, when I couldn't fire that second shot. I never...” (continue)
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    Fred MacMurray - Walter Neff
    Barbara Stanwyck - Phyllis Dietrichson
    [Tag:badness, killing, love]
  • “Murder's never perfect. Always comes apart sooner or later, and when two people are involved it's usually sooner.”

    Edward G. Robinson - Barton Keyes
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