Saturday, November 17, 2018

Double Cross

Posted By on Sat, Nov 17, 2018 at 4:00 AM

click to enlarge DOUBLE INDEMNITY
  • Double Indemnity

Listen, sweetheart. It's a crazy, mixed up world, especially in director Billy Wilder's 1944 uber-noir Double Indemnity, playing at the Eureka Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16 ($5).

Fred MacMurray — that's right, kid, the wholesome fella you knew from My Three Sons — stars as Walter Neff, an insurance man who falls for the wrong dame. He's no choir boy and with a little coaxing from the smoldering Barbara Stanwyck as Phyllis Dietrichson, a scheming wife looking for a lucrative way out of her marriage, he's setting up a fraud and a murder. Normally a rumpled and ruthless gangster, Edward G. Robinson shows up as Neff's claims investigator coworker, who smells a rat or two. Little does he know, the rats are about to turn on one another.

I suppose you're looking for classic noir moments — shadows and cigarette smoke, crooked dames and bad guys. Well there's plenty, pal, plenty. All that and a girl named Lola. Say, you look like you could use a drink. Put on your best incognito shades and leg it to the lobby for a cocktail (benefiting the theater's restoration, of course) when the doors open at 7 p.m. It's no use trying to be good, baby. We're both rotten.

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Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

Jennifer Fumiko Cahill is the arts and features editor of the North Coast Journal. She won the Association of Alternative Newsmedia’s 2020 Best Food Writing Award and the 2019 California News Publisher's Association award for Best Writing.

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