Barbara Stanwyck & Fred MacMurray in Double Indemnity (1944)
“Yes, I killed him. I killed him for money and for a woman. I didn’t get the money and I didn’t get the woman. Pretty, isn’t it?’
Barbara Stanwyck & Fred MacMurray in Double Indemnity (1946, dir. Billy Wilder, based on the novel by James M. Cain)
I knew then what I had done. I had killed a man. I had killed a man to get a woman. I had put myself in her power, so there was one person in the world that could point a finger at me, and I would have to die. I had done all that for her, and I never wanted to see her again as long as I lived.
That’s all it takes, one drop of fear, to curdle love into hate.
- James M. Cain, Double Indemnity
Lana Turner & John Garfield in publicity still for The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946, dir. Tay Garnett)
“What did she have that makes me feel that way about her? I don’t know. She wanted something, and she tried to get it. She tried all the wrong ways, but she tried. I don’t know what made her feel that way about me, because she knew me. She called it on me plenty of times, that I wasn’t any good. I never really wanted anything, but her. But that’s a lot. I guess it’s not often that a woman even has that.”
-James M. Cain, The Postman Always Rings Twice