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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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2 May 1946 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System) (5.0) (L-R)

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Joel McCrea turned down the role of Frank Chambers. See more »

Goofs

When Frank and Cora first leave Nick, Cora falls in the dirt to avoid being hit by a car. All she lands on is her bottom. But the dirt keeps changing it's location in different shots, being sometimes on her shoulders, on the front of her skirt, completely gone when she sits on the suitcase, then obviously applied to her bottom as they are returning to the diner. See more »

Quotes

Frank Chambers: With my brains and your looks, we could go places.
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Referenced in A Slight Case of Murder (1999) See more »

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There is a Tavern in the Town
(pub. 1883) (uncredited)
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Sung a cappella by Cecil Kellaway and John Garfield
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Atmospheric story of lust, desire and murder
18 February 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Drifter Frank Chambers applies for a job at a road side café belonging to Nick Smith, only to fall under the spell of Nick's wife Cora. He falls into desire which leads to deceit and eventually murder. Too late he falls in love but by then things have gone too far. He tells his story to us with the hindsight of a condemned man.

A classic bit of noir light. Based on Cain's sexual novel this underplays the explicit references but turns the subtle stuff way up - the film opens with a `Man Wanted' sign, while Cora is so well played that there's no doubt what she's offering. Without the explicit sex of the remake this story is a lot freer to be interesting rather than explicit. The court case and the mistrust between the lovers is as good as the early desire giving rise to murder.

Lana Turner is excellent as the femme fatale, she is smouldering and very, very desirable. Garfield is also excellent as the man trapped in her web. The two are the very center of the film and are both superb. If the film has any weakness then it may be that modern audiences need more than very subtle stuff, but that's probably our problem rather than the film's.

Overall this is very enjoyable, it has a great sense of mood and builds well to the inevitable conclusion.


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