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Goofs from Double Indemnity

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  • After Neff meets with the President of his company, he returns to his apartment and places a folder on the chair to the right of the door. When Keyes comes to the door, after Neff's brief phone conversation, the folder is nowhere to be seen.
  • The door to Neff's apartment opens away from, rather than toward, the apartment. This was a violation of the Los Angeles Fire Code. (Billy Wilder knew this, but could not change the door because of the crucial scene where Phyllis is hiding behind the door in the hallway.)
  • The movie is set in 1938, but at Stanwyck's house the radio is playing "Tangerine" which wasn't written until 1942.
  • Although set in 1938, Walter Neff makes reference to the "The Philadelphia Story", which did not debut on Broadway until 1939, and on film until 1940.
  • Walter Neff is unmarried, yet he wears a wedding ring throughout the movie.
  • Early in the film, as Phyllis finds Walter's address in the phone book and goes to his apartment, Neff turns on a three-way lamp by the door using a switch on the wall. Later in the film, the lamp is gone.
  • When Phyllis prepares to meet Neff for the last time, the effect of "moonlight" through the blinds appears in the room just before she turns out the lamps.
  • In the first scene in which Walter first kisses Phyllis, we see a wedding ring on Walter's hand. Fred MacMurray was married and the ring was not noticed until post-production.
  • When Keyes approaches to speak to Neff as Neff enters work one morning, Neff asks Keyes if it has to do with the "Peterson" case. The name of the character in question is "Dietrichson," not "Peterson". However, this could be seen as Neff's try to show no interest to the case.
  • The movie is set in 1938 but at 00:39:44 a 1941 Mercury coupe is shown passing in the street in front of Jerry's Market.
  • When Dietrichson's body is discovered on the tracks, and presumed to be the victim of an accident, his body would have been taken to the medical examiner's office for identification and autopsy. It might be thought how this would quickly reveal that he had been strangled, and had not fallen from the train due to the absence of bruises on the body - except Neff did not strangle Dietrichson in the car (he snapped the man's neck); and bruises on the body are possible but not guaranteed with such a small fall at low speed with the prime impact taken by the back of the man's neck.
  • When Walter and Phyllis are kissing and talking on his couch, they show Phyllis with her left hand, palm up; next shot is a side angle where she suddenly has her left hand caressing Walter's cheek.
  • The tail sign said Southern Pacific 19. In 1939 train 19 became the KLAMATH which ran between Oakland and Portland and not southern California.
  • When Keys makes a quick list to his boss Norton of the different ways one can commit suicide, he mentions "suicide by poison" twice.
  • Walter Neff is dictating the whole story in flashback format on a Dictaphone Cameo Model, which, even with the "Longer Play" cylinders with 200 grooves per inch could record up to 4.5 minutes. He pulls his cylinder from a 6 cylinder holder. Even if he used all 6 cylinders, that would only allow 27 minutes of recording. But the time between turning the Dictaphone on and off is 1 hour and 38 minutes.
  • After Walter is shot by Phyllis, he places his hand over his lower arm to indicate where he was shot. After he leaves the house, he places his hand over his upper arm.
  • When Phyllis arrives at Neff's door, she did not have an umbrella or a hat. However there is a downpour outside therefore her hair and face should have been drenched. In addition her coat only had a few rain droplets on it when it too should have been soaked.
  • When Keyes is in Neff's office the phone rings and he picks it up telling the caller to hold on while he continues to talk to Neff. He then hangs the phone to Neff informing him that there's a dame on his phone. Phyllis then asks Neff if he is alone. However the question makes no sense. Keyes had picked up the phone and did not cover the mouthpiece allowing the caller to hear the conversation therefore it is obvious that someone is with him.
  • Every time when Keyes takes out a cigar he starts looking in his pockets for matches and comes up empty. Neff then lights the cigar. Finally when Keyes is talking to Neff in the lobby while buying cigars and this happens again; Neff tells him that he could ask for matches when he buys a cigar. Keyes replies that he doesn't like them because they always explode in his pocket. However that doesn't make sense because if that's the case then why would Keyes be constantly looking through his pockets for matches.
  • When Phyliss waits for Neff she takes a gun wrapped in a scarf and lets it roll under the seat's cushion as if to avoid getting fingerprints on it. She then sits on the cushion. Later on she pulls it out and shoots Neff. This action interrupts the flow of the story. It leaves one thinking as to why is she doing that when the logical choice is to wipe the fingerprints after the shooting and not worry about getting fingerprints beforehand.
  • It is standard for apartment doors to have a peephole but there is none on Neff's apartment door.
  • When Neff is recording his confession he says that one night he and Lola went up on the hills behind the Hollywood Bowl. However the view is the front of the Hollywood Bowl therefore they cannot be on the hills behind it.


  • When Phyllis shoots Walter, the room is dark, yet there is no flash from the gunshot.
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