Double Indemnity 1944
“How could I have known that murder sometimes smells like honeysuckle?”
Phyllis Dietrichson is stuck in a loveless marriage. Walter Neff is an insurance agent who comes to her house about her husband’s car insurance. When Walter convinces her to purchase and accident insurance policy for her husband and then kill him, she takes his help. He helps her to receive twice the normal payment with a double indemnity clause, and aids her in the murder. But can they get away with it?
“I don’t know a lot about anything, but I know a little about a lot of things”
This Gun For Hire 1942
“What’s the matter? You look like you’ve been on a hayride with Dracula.”
Hit man Phillip Raven kills a blackmailer and is payed by his employer in marked money. Ellen Gram, a performer and the girlfriend of the cop after Raven, is employed to help investigate Raven’s employer. However, when Ellen comes face to face with Raven, the situation becomes even more of a mess.
“Let me tell you something. You’re young, you’re in love. Well, I’ll give you a warning. Don’t let it get out of hand, like those falls up there. Up above…d’you ever see the river up above the falls? It’s calm, it’s easy, any you throw in a log, it just floats around. Let it move a little further down and it get going faster, hits some rocks, and..in a minute it’s in the lower rapids, and..nothing in the world – including God himself, I suppose – can keep in from going over the edge. It just – goes.”
Two very different couples are on vacation in Niagara: Rose and George Loomis, and Polly and Ray Cutler. Rose and George have a dangerous relationship- George is prone to vicious mood swings, especially when he suspects Rose of fooling around with another guy. And when Rose plots to kill her husband, Polly gets sucked into the crime, purely by accident.
Have you watched any of these? What’s your favourite film noir?