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  • Phyllis Dietrichson
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  • Phyllis Dietrichson is the main antagonist in the two film adaptations of James M.Cain's novella Double Indemnity. In the 1944 production, she was portrayed by Barbara Stanwyck; in the 1973 made-for-TV remake, by Samantha Eggar. The Dietrichson character was so iniquitous that Stanwyck, director Billy Wilder's first choice for the role, was reluctant to take it. Wilder was persistent, Stanwyck relented, and she said thereafter it was one of the best roles she'd ever played.
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type of villain
  • Femme Fatale
Goals
  • Kill her husband and collect the insurance money.
Origin
  • Double Indemnity
Skills
  • Manipulation
  • Seduction
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Alias
  • None
Hobby
  • Unknown.
Occupation
  • Unknown
Fullname
  • Phyllis Dietrichson
Size
  • 300
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  • Phyllis Dietrichson is the main antagonist in the two film adaptations of James M.Cain's novella Double Indemnity. In the 1944 production, she was portrayed by Barbara Stanwyck; in the 1973 made-for-TV remake, by Samantha Eggar. In both the novella and films, she convinces her insurance agent, Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) to help her murder her husband. They make it appear that he fell off the back of a train by accident. This is done after they trick him into taking out a life insurance policy with a double indemnity clause, then murder him. The aim is to collect twice as much as normal from the insurance company. The Dietrichson character was so iniquitous that Stanwyck, director Billy Wilder's first choice for the role, was reluctant to take it. Wilder was persistent, Stanwyck relented, and she said thereafter it was one of the best roles she'd ever played.