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The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

Not Rated | | 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. 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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Release Date:

2 May 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El cartero llama dos veces  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This Hollywood movie was made and released about thirty-five years before its Hollywood remake, The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981). See more »


Position of Frank's hand on the armrest when he and Cora talk after leaving the preliminary hearing. See more »


Cora Smith: I want to make something of this place, I want to make it into an honest-to-goodness...
Frank Chambers: Well, aren't we ambitious.
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Ending credits are shown over the hardcover book of the same name. See more »


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She's Funny That Way
(1928) (uncredited)
Music by Neil Moret
Lyrics by Richard A. Whiting
Played on guitar and Sung by Cecil Kellaway
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Weak-ish Noir
6 May 2006 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

This film has all the ingredients of classic noir without actually being a very good movie.

The biggest problem I had with the film was that the characters are an unconvincing blend of naivety and cunning. One minute they're suckered by an old man running a burger bar, the next they're foiling a blackmail plot hatched by corrupt lawmen and wielding guns like they're hardened gangsters.

The ending is equally unconvincing, with the protagonist happily latching onto his death sentence as some kind of salvation that gives him moral certainty in the amoral noir world he's been floundering in. It's as if this is a noir made by people who were anti-noir.

Noir will always involve a clash between innocence and experience but it's not convincingly handled here. It isn't the first noir I'd make that complaint against, either - things like SHadow of a Doubt and Night of the Hunter have a similar unreal atmosphere.

In my opinion the best noir is both believable and hellish; like The Third Man, Double Indemnity, Notorious or Chinatown.

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