Double Indemnity (1973 film)

Double Indemnity is a 1973 American made-for-television crime film directed by Jack Smight and starring Richard Crenna, Lee J. Cobb, Robert Webber and Samantha Eggar. It was a remake of Double Indemnity (1944) based on the film rather than the original novel.

Double Indemnity
Based onJames M. Cain (novel)
Written bySteven Bochco
Screenplay byBilly Wilder
(1944 screenplay)
Raymond Chandler
(1944 screenplay)
Directed byJack Smight
StarringRichard Crenna
Lee J. Cobb
Robert Webber
Samantha Eggar
Music byBilly Goldenberg
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerDavid Victor
ProducerRobert F. O'Neill
CinematographyHaskell B. Boggs
EditorEdward A. Biery
Running time74 minutes
Production companiesGroverton Productions
Universal City
Original networkABC
Picture formatColor (Technicolor)
Audio formatMono
Original release
  • October 13, 1973 (1973-10-13)


A scheming wife lures an insurance investigator into helping murder her husband and then declare it an accident. The investigator's boss, not knowing his man is involved in it, suspects murder and sets out to prove it.



Producer Charles Egelman got Steven Bochco to update the film but did not substantially change it. They showed the script to Billy Wilder who gave his approval.[1]


The New York Times said the film "amounts to a flattish copy".[2]

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  1. ^ Redoing Classics a Double Indemnity? Smith, Cecil. Los Angeles Times (8 Oct 1973: c24.
  2. ^ TV Review: Nostalgia Is Lost on 'Double Indemnity' By HOWARD THOMPSON. New York Times 13 Oct 1973: 71.

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