Double Indemnity ★★★★½

Near perfect and most enjoyable 'noir' with Barbara Stanwyck on top form. Fred MacMurray didn't seem to do much hard edged stuff like this and I've no idea why. His early scenes with Stanwyck when the Chandler script (after James M Cain) really sparkles are fantastic and if they wane there is soon the exchanges between him and Edward G. to take their place. Not that Stanwyck ever ceases to sizzle but the crackling and red hot dialogue does ease up. One of the great things about this site is that it encourages me to re-visit old favourites so I can write them up and bring them into my listed films. Great stuff!