Barbara Stanwyck as Phyllis Dietrichson

Another classic from Cain, this one directed by Billy Wilder. Of the parade of noir films spilling out of Hollywood at the time, this one leads the pack. Stanwyck was tailor-made as a lethal Cain heroine, and Fred MacMurray had a nice career resurgence playing against type as the chump who helps the little lady murder her husband for the insurance money.

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