In cases where the cause of death is unclear, the insurance company need not pay the proceeds until the accidental nature of death is sufficiently established by a. His vest clearly shows he's a puppy with the Guide Dogs of America school. The narrative structure in both films begin and end in the present, but the bulk of the plot is told in narrated by their protagonists. He doesn't go for the obvious arc. A lesson was indeed taught, but not the one Paramount had in mind.
Neff then boards the train posing as Dietrichson and using his crutches. The group consists of an ex-cop, now limousine driver, Ed Dakota; Caroline Suzanne, an actress popular in the 1980s; Officer Rhodes, who is transporting convicted murderer Robert Maine; Paris Nevada, a prostitute; newlyweds Lou and Ginny Isiana; and the York family, George, Alice and their nine-year-old son, Timmy, who are in crisis because Alice has been struck by Ed's car. In Malcolm's mind, Paris has driven back to her hometown in. With both ends of the road completely flooded, the group is forced to spend the night at the motel, but an unidentified killer begins to murder them one by one. It's about this girl named Bethany who moves to her Aunt's house because her father says that shes in danger. Walter records his murder confession on the dictaphone, addressing his boss and friend, Barton Keyes, a meticulous and intuitive claims agent. In order to distract Lola, Walter spends the next few days with her, and learns that she has broken up with her college drop-out boyfriend, Nino Zachette.
One by one, they die. Chandler and Wilder made considerable changes to Cain's story. Admitting that she has never loved him, Phyllis now embraces him, and Walter shoots her twice, killing her. When Walter arrives that day, he and Phyllis are alone and she inquires about getting an accident policy for her husband without his knowledge. Ed 'awakens' to find himself standing in the rain, looking at the motel from a distance. I wrote Double Indemnity with Raymond Chandler. No, I never loved you Walter -- not you or anybody else.
Norton, the company's chief, believes the death was suicide, but Keyes scoffs at the idea, quoting statistics indicating the improbability of suicide by jumping off a slow-moving train, to Neff's hidden delight. He isn't interested in the same things the characters are interested in. Bethany's aunt tells Bethany how Elizabeth liked the same things Bethany liked. Keyes is a very suspicious man who closely investigates the insurance claims which come into the company, having a striking history of accurately isolating fraudulent claims and throwing them out. Creatures of Darkness: Raymond Chandler, Detective Fiction, and Film Noir. Advertisement To describe the story is to miss the nuances that make it tantalizing.
I doubt they would feel that way if the man was a relative of theirs! Neff warns Phyllis not to pursue the insurance claim in court and admits that he has been talking to Lola about her past. This is excellent, excellent filmmaking, and is a classic film that should not be missed. He wants to know what happens to them after they do what they think is so important. The way Billy staged it and John Seitz lit it, it was all one sensational mood. They leave the husband's body on the tracks.
In the script, the pair get in their car and simply drive away. On their third meeting, after a lot of aggressive wordplay, they agree to kill the husband and collect the money. The original ending to the Cain novella called for the characters to commit double suicide. Because he wants to be discovered by Keyes? Flashbacks reveal that Timmy orchestrated all of the deaths at the motel, and made it appear that he had been killed with Ginny. So many imitations flooded the market, in fact, that James M. Walter is willing, ostensibly because he's fallen under her sexual spell.
A flashback reveals that Rhodes killed the correctional officer transporting him and Maine, putting the officer's body in the trunk, and then assumed his identity. A nervous Walter rushes Keyes out, as Phyllis hides behind the door to escape notice. Cain wasn't available, so he hired to do the screenplay. Her eventual co-star MacMurray matched Stanwyck's prominence at the pay window: in 1943, he was the highest-paid actor in Hollywood, and the fourth highest-paid American. My fellow German viewer was so passionate in their review that they forgot grammar and spell-checking. Ducky's moments add drama to the usual light tone of many but by no means most episodes. A furious Krock reset the ad for the next edition and demanded an explanation on how it happened.
He escapes a close brush with death and is then rescued by the and a beautiful but mysterious woman named Katrine Izabella Miko. Her advertisement probably put a million dollars on its gross. Walter thinks back to May when it all started: Walter visits an expensive Spanish-style house in Los Feliz to follow-up an automobile insurance renewal for Mr. It was the walk of a dead man. Wilder Times: The Life of Billy Wilder. Lola eventually tells Neff that she has discovered that her boyfriend, the hotheaded Nino Zachetti, has been seeing Phyllis behind her and Neff's back. The character of Walter Neff was not only a heel, he was a weak and malleable heel — many Hollywood actors including , , , , and passed on it.