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Double Indemnity &The Apartment

When: Fri., May 16, 7 p.m. 2014

Fred MacMurray was massively successful with loveable everyman roles in Disney movies and TV's My Three Sons. But his best work came when Billy Wilder cast him against type as, well, a bastard, as we see in this double feature of two of the pair's best films. In 1944 noir classic Double Indemnity, an adaptation of James M. Cain's hardboiled story, MacMurray plays an insurance salesman seduced by a housewife (Barbara Stanwyck) to arrange an "accident" for her husband. Wilder pursued MacMurray for the role, and his persistence paid off with a droll, tough character spouting acidic bon mots. And in 1960's Oscar-winning The Apartment, MacMurray plays Sheldrake, the boss of Jack Lemmon's Baxter, who lets Sheldrake use his apartment for extramarital affairs in an attempt to climb the corporate ladder, even though Sheldrake's latest mistress is the elevator operator (Shirley MacLaine) Baxter dotes on. —Zack Smith

Price: $8

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