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The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  2 May 1946 (USA)
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A married woman and a drifter fall in love, then plot to murder her husband... but even once the deed is done, they must live with the consequences of their actions.

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Nick Smith, the middle-aged proprietor of a roadside restaurant, hires drifter Frank Chambers as a handyman. Frank eventually begins an affair with Nick's beautiful wife Cora, who talks Frank into helping her kill Nick, by "accident." But the best laid plans...... Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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El cartero llama dos veces  »

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James M. Cain also adapted his novel into a play which was performed in New York at the Lyceum Theatre for 72 performances, from 25 February 1936 to April 1936. The cast included Richard Barthelmess as Frank, Mary Philips as Cora, Joseph Greenwald as Nick and Dudley Clements as Sackett, with minor roles by Joseph Cotten and Charles Halton. See more »

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Nick arrives drunk at home with no cigarette at all. When he appears indoors he has a lit cigarette in his mouth. See more »

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[about Nick]
Frank Chambers: I'd like to see him get plastered like that some night and drive off a cliff.
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Referenced in Moonlighting: The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice (1985) See more »

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There is a Tavern in the Town
(pub. 1883) (uncredited)
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Superior film noir
29 July 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Lana Turner and John Garfield generate sparks in this excellent crime thriller. Turner plays Cora Smith, a restless young waitress married to a much-older man who runs the roadside diner. Garfield plays Frank Chambers, a drifter who turns up at the diner and is captivated by Cora. Cecil Kellaway is great as Cora's naive husband Nick, whose main concern is the diner. The fact that it is filmed in black and white helps create the suspenseful atmosphere and highlight Cora's striking cream outfits. This is far superior to the 1981 remake, for although it was made under a strict production code, it smolders with desire and tension and is an unforgettable classic.


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