Book Vs Movie
The Novella by James M. Cain & Film Noir Classic from Billy Wilder
We are heading back to the Film Noir well with writer James M. Cain and the classic novella & later movie Double Indemnity. The Margos talk about the life of Mr. Cain (who also wrote Mildred Pierce) and find out the true story behind his fictional account of two lovers trying to get away with the perfect murder.
The novella originally was published in 1936 in serial form with Liberty magazine in 1936 and is based on the real-life crime duo Ruth Snyder and Judd Gray. Snyder wanted her husband dead and asked her lover, Gray, to help her and then split the insurance money. After several attempts, they finally succeeded in killing Albert Snyder. Alas, they were caught right away and both went to the electric chair.
The movie, directed by one of the most revered filmmakers of the 20th Century–Billy Wilder, was released in 1944 and is considered a classic. (You will usually find on the TMC Network!) There are quite a few changes between the novella and film and the author preferred their storyline to his own!
Between the novella and film–which did the Margos like better?
In this ep the Margos discuss:
- The background of James M. Cain
- The true story behind Ruth Synder and Judd Gray
- Behind-the-scenes gossip from the film making
- The much-hated wig worn by Barbara Stanwyck
- The cast which includes: Fred MacMurray (Walter Neff,) Barbara Stanwyk (Phyllis Dietrichson,) Edward G. Robinson (Barton Keyes,) Porter Hall (Mr. Jackson,) Jean Heather (Lola Dietrichson,) Tom Powers (Mr. Dietrichson,) and Byron Barr (Nino Zachetti.)
- Double Indemnity trailer
- Neff meets Phyllis
- Neff tries to escape Keyes
- Outro music: “Tangerine” by Les Brown & His Band of Renown (Johnny Mercer & Vincent Schertzinger)
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