ACF Critic Series #10: Double Indemnity

 

Terry Teachout and I have worked our way to the pluperfect noir, Double Indemnity, written and directed by the great immigrant observer of America Billy Wilder, with the help of the most famous writer of crime fiction–Raymond Chandler! Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck, Hollywood stars, play great roles as fallen lovers and Ed G. Robinson, usually a gangster, plays as well against type, as a hard-nosed, but also honorable insurance investigator. This is one of the great stories about the temptations of America–quick success and insurance! You will see tragedy in everyday life here: Love vs. law, friendship vs. eros, and happiness vs. justice!

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  1. CB Toder aka Mama Toad Member
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    Looking forward to listening later — I have a suggestion, though. Maybe give us here a week or two advance heads-up about what film you’ll be talking about so we have a chance to view it ourselves before listening in?

    Peace, friend!

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  2. Titus Techera Contributor
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    The scheduling doesn’t often allow for that, sorry to say, but I do try to keep it in mind…

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  3. Titus Techera Contributor
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    I just don’t have a good way to reach the podcast audience & let them know…

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  4. She Member
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    Titus Techera (View Comment):

    I just don’t have a good way to reach the podcast audience & let them know…

    Start a group?  And post the info as you get/have it for the group?  That would work for members, anyway.

     

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  5. CB Toder aka Mama Toad Member
    CB Toder aka Mama Toad
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    Ricochet Film Society group already exists…

    http://ricochet.com/groups/ricochet-film-society/

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  6. Titus Techera Contributor
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    Thanks for the ideas, ladies.

    Let me say meanwhile–we’re doing Rocky next! Call it the last Frank Capra movie! Perfect for Thanksgiving.

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  7. CB Toder aka Mama Toad Member
    CB Toder aka Mama Toad
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    Just thinking about Rocky… Now I’m gonna have that music in my head for days or weeks… Don’t forget to talk about the music!

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  8. The Gold Tooth Inactive
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    Fascinating podcast about one of my favorite movies. Terry Teachout is so knowledgeable and such a wonderful guest.

    There’s a great disparity in the sound levels of your voice and his, with his being much louder than yours. If this happens often with guests, you may want to look into post-recording normalization of some kind, or simply up the gain on your microphone.

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  9. Steve C. Member
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    I grew up watching McMurray on My Three Sons plus his Disney stuff. I did not see Double Indemnity until I was in my 30s. (Thanks TCM) I always get a kick out of seeing the Evil Steve Douglas conspiring with the stunning Victoria Barkley.

    Yeah, I watched a lot of TV as a kid. I sometimes think of myself as a real life Martin Tupper.

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  10. Basil Fawlty Member
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    Most enjoyable. Thanks.

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  11. Titus Techera Contributor
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    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    Most enjoyable. Thanks.

    Glad you liked it!

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  12. Titus Techera Contributor
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    The Gold Tooth (View Comment):

    Fascinating podcast about one of my favorite movies. Terry Teachout is so knowledgeable and such a wonderful quest.

    Glad you liked it. We’re, I think, six in in our noir series. We’ve got another one in us this year…

    There’s a great disparity in the sound levels of your voice and his, with his being much louder than yours. If this happens often with guests, you may want to look into post-recording normalization of some kind, or simply up the gain on your microphone.

    Fixed it!

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