Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) is one of the rising stars in the insurance industry, impressing his boss Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson). However, when he goes on a routine visit to a client, the client's wife (Barbara Stanwyck) spots a way out from her loveless marriage.
She coerces Walter into killing her husband in a perfect murder to claim on the double indemnity insurance, but little do they know that Keyes' keen nose on spotting a fraudulent claim is right behind their every move.
MacMurray and Stanwyck bring this love to life with a fantastic chemistry, from the moment Walter set his sights on Phyllis it was clear that he was besotted with her. Together, they also offered some hilarious comedy which saw the characters attempting to avoid the attentions of Keyes whilst surpressing their own feelings.
Told as a confession to Neff's boss, director Billy Wilder takes the unusual approach of telling his story with the audience fully aware of the ending. This often has a detrimental effect on a film by leaving very little for the audience to guess on, but Wilder shows his expertise by twisting and turning the film right up until the guilt-ridden ending.
Double Indemnity can come across as dated and clichéd - especially in the romantic scenes between MacMurray and Stanwyck - but in other parts of the film it stands the test of time thanks to its deliciously seductive, classic noir storyline.
A classic, from a director with so many.