'Double Indemnity' Academy Screening

Double Indemnity poster Billy Wilder

Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Double IndemnityDouble Indemnity (1944), Billy Wilder's quintessential film noir starring Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray (right), and Edward G. Robinson, will be screened as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' series “Oscar Noir: 1940s Writing Nominees from Hollywood's Dark Side” on Monday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Double Indemnity will be introduced by screenwriter Nicholas Meyer (Time after Time, The Human Stain).

Wilder and co-screenwriter Raymond Chandler adapted James M. Cain's novel about a housewife/femme fatale (Stanwyck) who gets her insurance salesman lover (MacMurray) to commit a cold-blooded murder. The victim, of course, is her husband.

Double Indemnity earned seven Academy Award nominations: Best Motion Picture (Paramount), Best Actress (Stanwyck), Black-and-White Cinematography (John Seitz), Directing (Wilder), Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Miklós Rózsa), Sound Recording (Paramount Studio Sound Department, Loren L. Ryder, sound director) and Writing (Wilder, Chandler).

At 7 p.m. the noir cartoon short Trouble Indemnity (1950), featuring Mr. Magoo, and the episode “Time Bomb” from the 1941 serial Adventures of Captain Marvel will be screened as part of the evening's pre-feature program.

“Oscar Noir” is a summer-long series featuring 15 film noir classics from the 1940s, all of which received Oscar nominations in writing categories.

Tickets to individual evenings, if still available, are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. They may be purchased online at www.oscars.org, by mail, in person at the Academy during regular business hours or, depending on availability, on the night of the screening when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.

Photo: Courtesy of the Margaret Herrick Library

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