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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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Trivia

After the first murder attempt, Nick is hospitalized in Blair General Hospital, also the locale for MGM's Dr. Kildare (1961) franchise. See more »

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During the second part of the car tumbling down the mountain, wires connected to the back bumper are visible. See more »

Quotes

Frank Chambers: I can sell anything to anybody.
Cora Smith: That's what you think.
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Referenced in Sea Hunt: Roustabout (1961) 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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Good Atmospheric Film-Noir With A Memorable Role For Lana Turner
20 December 2004 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

The good atmosphere and Lana Turner's memorable role make this a film-noir classic worth seeing. The story starts out to be relatively simple, allowing the cast and the atmosphere to carry it, and then heads through a series of twists and turns, picking up the pace as it goes along.

John Garfield and the supporting cast are solid, but it is Turner who really stands out and grabs the attention anytime she is on-screen. It's nothing against Garfield to say that in comparison he is almost just along for the ride, yet he does a creditable job and makes his character believable. The supporting cast helps out as well, with Cecil Kellaway on-target as Turner's oblivious husband, and Hume Cronyn likewise in good form as a conscience-free lawyer.

The story pulls you in slowly, and then has some good turns as it picks up steam towards the middle. There may be a couple of too-convenient plot developments, but otherwise it is well-written.

This classic version is quite a bit better than the early 1980s remake, which required little imagination to make or to watch. Turner's character and performance, in particular (aided by good camera work), demonstrate that the suggestive can be quite a bit more effective and memorable than the explicit.

"The Postman Always Rings Twice" has just about everything you could ask for in a film-noir. It's probably just a cut below the best of the genre, and still one of the movies that most fans of film-noir would not want to miss.


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