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Postman Always Rings Twice, The (MGM 1946, John Garfield, Lana Turner)

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The first and the sexiest of the three films made of James M.Cain’s novel (he also wrote “Double Indemnity”). The chemistry between a drifter (John Garfield) and a waitress (Lana Turner) at a roadside cafe waiting for a chance to escape her suffocating life and husband is so explosive that it leads to killing the woman’s husband. The pair get off when charged with murder, but their lawyer (Cronyn) gets the goods on them for a blackmail scheme.

In a twist of fate, each of the murderers gets their comeuppance in an unexpected way. The story and direction make the murder seem almost inevitable. MGM tried for more than a decade to get a script that would pass the Breen office censors. In the meantime, Italian director Luchino Visconti made a version entitled “Osessione” in 1942. Remade with more blatant sexuality in 1980 with Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange.

MGM actually limited distribution of Visconti’s Osessione, to boost attendance for The Postman Always Rings Twice. Both were adaptations of James M. Cain’s novel, though the Italian filmmakers never legally secured the film rights.

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

The Postman Always Rings Twice

crew details
Director: Tay Garnett
Producer: Carey Wilson
Cinematography: Sidney Wagner
Editor: George White
Music: George Bassman
Script: Niven Busch, Harry Ruskin
Production Design: Cedric Gibbons
Art Direction: Randall Duell

production details
Country: USA
Studio: MGM
Year of Release: 1946
Duration: 113 minutes

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