Patton / Mister Roberts

in Nixon at the Movies

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780226239682
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226239705 | DOI:
Patton / Mister Roberts

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This chapter provides the opening scene of the most influential of all film noirs, Double Indemnity; unlike Nixon, Walter Neff is a fictional character, the protagonist of the 1944 film that Billy Wilder based on James M. Cain's 1936 novella. Profit was, in fact, a sensitive issue for Nixon during his presidency, it was true that as a member of Congress and then as vice president he had been far from being a wealthy man. Appearances matter in Double Indemnity, but also the words as the perfection of the title is so direct and literal, yet at the same time darkly poetic. Richard Nixon's career phenomenally attests which helped transform every bit as much as it transformed the Los Angeles basin.

Keywords: Double Indemnity; Nixon; Walter Neff; appearances; perfection

Chapter.  14291 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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