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The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 14 October 1946 (Sweden)
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A married woman and a drifter fall in love, then plot to murder her husband.

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Harry Ruskin (screen play), Niven Busch (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lana Turner ... Cora Smith
John Garfield ... Frank Chambers
Cecil Kellaway ... Nick Smith
Hume Cronyn ... Arthur Keats
Leon Ames ... Kyle Sackett
Audrey Totter ... Madge Gorland
Alan Reed ... Ezra Liam Kennedy
Jeff York ... Blair
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Storyline

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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Their Love was a Flame that Destroyed! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1946 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Bar-B-Q See more »

Filming Locations:

Laguna Beach, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,683,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,330,000, 31 December 1946

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,086,000, 31 December 1946
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 16, 1947 with Lana Turner and John Garfield reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

When Blair, Sackett and Frank are looking at the stepladder and see the dead cat, its body is shown next to the further foot of the ladder. In a later shot from a distance, the cat's body appears between the feet of the ladder. See more »

Quotes

Frank Chambers: I can sell anything to anybody.
Cora Smith: That's what you think.
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Crazy Credits

Ending credits are shown over the hardcover book of the same name. See more »

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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Soundtracks

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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Garfield and Turner are terrific...steamy version of the James M. Cain novel is still the best...
16 April 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Someone previously questioned the meaning of the title. In my view, it refers to the double twist imposed on the story's ending by the author--especially once the legal wrangling between opposing lawyers (near the conclusion) is exposed. Then, finally, after winning a victory of sorts, the unexpected happens--thus, the irony of the title. Anyway, this is as good as it gets--you won't find a better version of this story than this 1946 film. I'm always amused to read that someone on these posts "never looks at black-and-white films", a total putdown of all the great classics that came before color was even possible. How dumb can you get? For fans of complex, hard-bitten murder yarns with gritty background and suspense that tightens slowly like a knot, this is for you. Watch as the two leads get more and more entangled in their own web of deception and lies. Turner established herself as a strong actress who could play a role to the hilt when she identified with it. Garfield, of course, was always at his best in tough guy roles. Watch for my article on Lana Turner in an upcoming issue of FILMS OF THE GOLDEN AGE--much of the inspiration for it came from this particular film noir.


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