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How Fast Was I Going, Officer? – Double Indemnity (2/9) Movie CLIP (1944) HD

in the collision coverage. You’re a smart insurance man,
aren’t you, Mr. Neff? Well, I’ve been at it 11
years. Doing pretty well? It’s a living. You handle just automobile
insurance, or all kinds? All kinds. Fire, earthquake, theft,
public liability, group insurance… industrial stuff and so on,
right down the line. Accident insurance? Accident insurance?
Sure, Mrs. Dietrichson. Wish you’d tell me what’s
engraved on that anklet. Just my name.
As, for instance? Phyllis.
Phyllis, huh? I think I like that.
But you’re not sure? I’d have to drive it around
the block a couple of times. Mr. Neff, why don’t you drop
by tomorrow evening around 8:30? He’ll be in then.
Who? My husband. You were anxious
to talk to him, weren’t you? Yeah, I was, but I’m sort of
getting over the idea… if you know what I mean. There’s a speed limit in this
state, Mr. Neff. 45 miles an hour. How fast was I going, officer?
I’d say around 90. Suppose you get down off your
motorcycle and give me a ticket. Suppose I let you off
with a warning this time. Suppose it doesn’t take. Suppose I have to whack you
over the knuckles. Suppose I bust out crying and
put my head on your shoulder. Suppose you try putting it
on my husband’s shoulder. That tears it. 8:30 tomorrow evening then.
That’s what I suggested. Will you be here, too?
I guess so, I usually am. Same chair, same perfume,
same anklet? I wonder if I know what you mean. I wonder if you wonder.(Walter) It was a hot afternoon
and I can still remember…
the smell of honeysuckle
all along that street.
How could I have known that murder
can sometimes smell like honeysuckle?
Maybe you would
have known, Keyes…
the minute she mentioned
accident insurance, but I didn’t.
I felt like a million.

Reader Comments

  1. This dialogue blew my mind the first time I heard it. I was slapping my knee, laughing and astonished by the audacity of these two. Perhaps it won't end well for him…

  2. "I wonder if you wonder". A Raymond Chandler(creator of P.Marlowe) moviescript. I believe his only one and Billy Wilder Directing. Razor sharp dialogues and great shots. A delicious story about lust and betrayal. Film Noir At it's finest with Edward G Robinson. And what about the music and the opening. One of the best movies ever made and somehow it always reminds me of My other Noir favorite Blood Simple.

  3. WOW, this film has everything, a film I watched back in the sixties when I was a teenager. Loved it then as I love it now, one of the best. x.

  4. A fantastic film which has aged very well indeed. Tight and twisty plotting, engagingly sparky dialogue, meticulous and nuanced performances. And the detailed insider "dope" on insurance and scams is a delight. There's not a slack moment in this film. Tremendous continuity editing too. Oh, and no happy ending and Oedipal trajectory.

  5. a great deal of production effort into  Impressive!

    As far as Double Indemnity; what a classic film noir!  Its almost as if all the major players who came after studied Barbara Stanwyck in this role.  She set the standard for noir femme fatales didn't she?  Fred was a little mushy for my taste and I'm afraid actually dragged the movie down in a lot of spots; his 1930s gangster style rapid fire delivery of his lines along with his narrative style are what saved him from sinking the whole business.  He is definitely more suited to "My Three Sons" where he is safe from designing women..

  6. I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!!! I love how even though the actors are good (for their era) at emulating "realistic" and nonchalant dialogue, it still comes off as a "performance" (esp. from Fred MacMurray), but I LOVE it, it gives it a bit of a theatrical edge that many great movies today have lost due to being hyper-realistic.

  7. Gosh, I miss acting in movies. I'm bored of realistic method acting. That's why Silence of the Lambs and a few actors are like Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Day Lewis, are popular. They act the old school way.

  8. This scene has been running through my mind for days now, usually while I've been driving, and I had to watch it again. "There's a speed limit in this state, Mr. Neff. 45 miles an hour."

  9. Great back and forth dialogue. I heard that Stanwyck was bi-sexual. So was Joan Crawford while Agnes Moorhead was a lesbian. Great line: "I wonder if you wonder?"

  10. Good old Fred MacMurray is so damn sexy in this. Barbara Stanwyck too, of course, but that goes without saying..

  11. Paper Analysis

    Double Indemnity

    Double Indemnity

    Double Indemnity explores a highly celebrated film
    production, which castes urban crime drama where an avaricious, week man is
    lured and trapped materialistic things. Walter Huff seduces insurance agent,
    Nordlinger, into having her husband murdered to procure his accident policy.
    The murder goes as planned. However, the passion of the couple cools but they
    become very suspicious of their motives. Both Huff and Nordlinger are deceitful
    and callous lovers who would not stop at anything to fulfill their selfish
    motives. The pair have a way of cunningly making their friends and foe perish.
    They have a weird way of extending their ill motives to whoever they consider a
    threat to them. Half calculates, cold-blood scheme to ferociously murder Nordlinger’s
    husband owing to his lustful desire for financial gain. He has identified a
    double indemnity clause in Nordlinger husband’s accident policy. By good luck,
    their plan fails by a whisker and Nordlinger’s husband survive his noose. His
    conspiracy is fraudulent and leads to leads to guilt, betrayal, suspicion, and
    deceit. The plot to have his client murdered leaves behind a trail of thrilling
    intrigues in the film with various strips of nasty and sharp dialogue as his
    actions are revealed.
    Red Wind  
    First published in 1938, the setting of Red Wind is in Southern California, on a warm
    evening. The audience comes to learn about this since this is the spot where
    Santa Ana winds, traditionally occur. The story castes Philip Marlowe as the main
    character and he plays the role of a detective. Dalmas is having a nice time
    with friends at a bar. In the midst of their story, they notice a man walking
    in search of a woman. The man gives a comprehensive description of who he is
    looking for. Formerly a detective, John Dalmas is the anti-hero in Red Wind. In the
    line of duty Marlowe reveals that Lola colludes with Waldo for a gems business at
    a bar. Marlowe tries to assist Lola to recover her gems and at the same time secures
    his escape from the plot to kill him the same way Waldo was murdered in a bar. Notably,
    The Red Wind is figurative as it embodies bloodshed and violence. Dalmas character
    that which embodies double standards. He is strange and highly motivated by the
    love of a lady who swears to give him protection after he helped her out in her
    distress. The main theme that runs deep in The Red Wind is the motif of
    violence and that of death as things seem to happen, especially when the winds
    no longer blow.
    Mostly set in the urban areas, the two films reflect the cultural reactions on post modernity. Both Red Wind and Double Indemnity are detective stories who try to explore and unravel murder mysteries. In both
    the stories, feminism takes center stage to give guide the storyline. While the setting of Red Wind is in a Southern California Bar, Double Indemnity is set at an insurance bureau. The themes in these stories revolve around crime and the detective conventions. Much of the hostilities that characterize the characters in these stories are the results of the cold war, which renders a feeling of mistrust, fear, and guilt amongst the erstwhile friends. The two films depict with precision, the anti-hero consciousness who try to survive but end up losing.
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  12. A fine Billy Wilder film written by Wilder, Raymond Chandler and James Cain, who wrote the novel. I wish I'd never seen it, so I could experience it for the first time.

  13. A dame with gorgeous gams, a rich old man, a gat, and a lonely house with nothing but bourbon and Chanel to stink up the wallpaper. Now THAT'S danger.

  14. Just watched this gem for the first time and it is excellent! Gonna be watching it again real soon. One question: why is Walter wearing a ring on his left-hand ring finger if he is single? I know not every ring is a wedding ring, but that's what it means when you wear it on the 3rd finger of your left hand. A pinkie ring or class ring, I understand. But this is weird. Great flick!

  15. Fred was very good playing warm comedy rolls, Absent Minded Professor, Follow Me Boys, but even better at playing bad guys, Walter Neff planning a murder, Lt Tom Keefer double-dealing with Military Justice & his friend's life and Jeff Scheldrake playing with the hearts of emotionally involved young women & abusing his power as an executive.

  16. I don't get it. Why does Philly has relation with Nino,is that she wants to kill Neff?It doesnt makes to me,kill Neff cnat solved anything,she doesnt have the motivation, can somebody explain it?

  17. 'How was I to know that murder sometimes smelled like honeysuckle…'
    Raymond Chandler was one of the script writers on this, that line feels like his

  18. When Fred MacMurray says, "That tears it", he announces to Barbara Stanwyck and the audience that he is 100 percent heterosexual. Good 1940's morals…mmm hmm.

  19. "How could I know that murder could smell like honeysuckle….."Forget Spiderman 14. Forget A star is born 4. Do yourself a favour and watch Billy Wilder. Watch double indemnity, watch the appartement. watch some like it hot. you'll never know what hit you…… here's real class…..

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