Wednesday 30 September 2015

Double Indemnity - James M. Cain

A true crime masterpiece, and highly acclaimed 1940s movie
DOUBLE INDEMNITY is the classic tale of an evil woman motivated by greed who corrupts a weak man motivated by lust.
Walter Huff is an insurance investigator like any other until the day he meets the beautiful and dangerous Phyllis Nirdlinger and falls under her spell. Together they plot to kill her husband and split the insurance. It'll be the perfect murder . . .

What did I think?

Another quick read out of my classic film pack - I actually enjoyed this more than The Postman Always Rings Twice.  It was easy to read and drew me in quite quickly as it jumped straight into the meeting with the femme fatale, Mrs. Nirdlinger.

For a thin book it sure packs a lot of punch!  It became apparent quite quickly that all was not as it appeared and I found myself exclaiming, "oh Walter, you silly man, you have been played."

It was so detailed how the scene was set and alibis were created that I can't see what enhancement could be made in the movie. Although I will be looking out for the film starring Barbara Stanwyck to see if, as suspected, the book is better than the film.

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