Double Indemnity (1944)

double indemnity

This week on Alcohollywood, we’re turning back the clock to review and drink to the 1940s film noir classic Double Indemnity, starring Fred MacMurray, Barbra Stanwyck and Edward G. Robinson! This tale of intrigue, murder and illicit romance follows insurance salesman Walter Neff (MacMurray) as he hatches a scheme to kill the husband of his lover (Stanwyck) to get a ‘double indemnity’ payout on a newly hatched insurance policy.

The twists and turns, as well as the tension, are fantastically played even by today’s standards, and Fred MacMurray is stellar as the world’s tallest detective, who loves grabbing women’s shoulders when he makes out with them. Check out our drinking game and review here!

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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: The Double-Fisted Squeeze

White Drink:

2 parts cranberry vodka

1 part coconut rum

1 part triple sec

4 parts milk

Pour over ice; stir.

Black Drink:

2 parts cranberry vodka

1 part espresso (or espresso-infused vodka)

4 parts Guinness

Pour over ice; stir. Pick your poison, or use the white drink as a chaser for the black drink.

DRINKING RULES FOR DOUBLE INDEMNITY:

  1. Double entendres
  2. Light shining through Venetian blinds
  3. Every time a character calls another character “Bebbeh”/Baby

FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:

Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) says “Then I got to thinking about what cemeteries are for…they’re to put dead people in.”

Next week, we’re pulling back the curtain to reveal the secrets of Christopher Nolan’s magic/science flick The Prestige, in belated honor of Nikola Tesla’s birthday!

ANNOUNCEMENT: We’re going to our first official convention, offering press coverage of Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2012, so stay tuned for special podcast treats the first weekend of August!

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