All the titles in the READ A GREAT MOVIE promotion are being specially designed, and supported by excellent point of sale material. THE BOOK: DOUBLE INDEMNITY is without doubt a masterpiece of crime fiction. 'Nobody has ever quite pulled it off the way Cain does, not Hemingway and not even Raymond Chandler. Cain is the master' Tom Wolfe. 'It is no accident that movies based on three [Cain novels] helped to define the genre known as film noir' NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS. THE FILM: This novel formed the basis of one of the great Hollywood thrillers of the 1940s. Starring Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck and Edward G. Robinson. Director Billy Wilder brought in Raymond Chandler to do the screenplay. 'The film still retains all of the suspense and excitement that could possibly be crowded into the most baffling of murder mysteries, that's picture making at its dramatic best' BOX OFFICE REVIEWS. Available on DVD and video.
James M. Cain was born in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1892. Having served in the US Army in World War 1, he became a journalist in Baltimore and New York in the 1920's. He later worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood. Cain died in 1977
The 1935 novel of "obsessive, loveless love that devastates everything it touches" by the virtuoso of the roman noir. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
'[A] fine idea for a series... They already have a superb noir backlist. but adding Philip K Dick's Minority Report and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? improves the mix.' SCOTSMAN