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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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Gregory Peck was considered for the role of Frank Chambers. See more »

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Frank takes off his tie after getting married, but it is back on at the train station. 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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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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A Glamorous Spider And Her Tangled Web
21 November 2011 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

A rebellious drifter named Frank (John Garfield) happens onto a rural hamburger joint, managed by a jovial old man named Nick (Cecil Kellaway). Nick wants to hire Frank. And in Frank's mind, an added incentive would be Nick's beautiful wife Cora (Lana Turner). Thus begins the story.

I have two big problems with this film: the script and the casting. The setup starts slow and lasts too long. In the middle Act interest picks up a little, despite some improbable coincidences. But later we're introduced to confusing legalities, compounded by contrived twists. And the ending contradicts the darker tone of earlier sequences.

Much of the plot is a tangled web of this and that, held together entirely by the three lead characters. It's like the writers sorted through dozens of script drafts, couldn't decide; then in frustration, hurriedly wrote a final draft that was a compromise of the previous versions.

John Garfield is well cast and does a fine job. But someone other than Kellaway would have been better in the role of Nick. Much, much worse than the casting of Kellaway, however, was the casting of glamorous Lana Turner, as Cora. Turner, with her blonde hair and glossy facade, is not at all convincing either as Nick's wife, or as a young, spidery beauty stuck in a two-bit hamburger joint. Further, her acting is awful. She doesn't act so much as she ... poses for the camera, in a bid to show off her glamour for future starring roles. Her presence seriously detracts from the story.

I think Audrey Totter, who plays a minor role, would have been fine as Cora. So too would have been Ida Lupino. Indeed, almost anyone would have been better than Turner, even Broderick Crawford in a wig.

Critics regard this film highly. I'm not sure why. About the only thing to recommend it is the performance of John Garfield.


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