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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 <>

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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) (5.0) (L-R)

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1.37 : 1
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This caused a stir amongst 1940s audiences who were shocked when it seemed clear to them that John Garfield uses his tongue in one of his kissing scenes with Lana Turner. See more »


Frank is twice positioned in the courtroom in the wheelchair. 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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Referenced in M*A*S*H: Period of Adjustment (1979) See more »


There is a Tavern in the Town
(pub. 1883) (uncredited)
Sung a cappella by Cecil Kellaway and John Garfield
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22 July 2007 | by (Georgia, USA) – See all my reviews

Many of the comments I've read here are As full of hyperbole as a studio press release.

The movie is disjointed and allows most of the tension to dissipate. It has several false climaxes before the anticlimactic ending.

John Garfield makes a vain effort to explain the inexplicable title and has difficulty selling the jazzy lingo written for him by the scriptwriters.

Lana Turner is only as good as that glamor shot that shows her in the white hot pants when she and Garfield first meet.

The George Bassman score is heavy handed and telegraphs every plot turn. The people who state this is excellent film noir probably haven't seen much of it.

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