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The Postman Always Rings Twice

The Postman Always Rings Twice

Lana Turner
Director: Tay Garnett Cast: Lana Turner
Lana Turner
, John Garfield
John Garfield
, Cecil Kellaway
Cecil Kellaway
Tay Garnett


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James M. Cain's novel received its first authorized screen treatment in this MGM production. Drifter Frank Chambers (John Garfield) takes a job at a roadhouse run by slovenly but likeable Nick Smith (Cecil Kellaway). Nick's sexy young wife Cora (Lana Turner) takes an immediate liking to Frank, but he senses that she's trouble and he keeps his distance--for a while, anyway. Inevitably succumbing to Cora's tawdry charms, Frank enters into her scheme to murder Nick and claim the old boy's insurance money. Not long after committing the foul deed, Frank and Cora are arrested. Thanks to the conniving of slimy attorney Arthur Keats (Hume Cronyn), the illicit lovers are able to beat the murder rap--but, as the film's title symbolically indicates, they eventually pay for their misdeeds in an unexpected manner. Fans of the James M. Cain original--not to mention Cain himself--were aghast at the changes made in the novel by screenwriters Harry Ruskin and Niven Busch; many of the alterations were made to conform with censorship standards of the era, while others simply existed to massage the egos of the stars. Even so, the 1946 version of The Postman Always Rings Twice is infinitely more satisfying than the no-holds-barred 1981 remake, directed by Bob Rafelson with Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2012
UPC: 0883929261956
Original Release: 1946
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Time: 1:53:00
Sales rank: 17,898

Special Features

Introduction by Richard Jewell; Lana Turner...A Daughter's Memoir; The John Garfield Story; Phantoms, Inc.; Red Hot Riding Hood; Screen Guild Theater Broadcast; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lana Turner Cora Smith
John Garfield Frank Chambers
Cecil Kellaway Nick Smith
Hume Cronyn Arthur Keats
Audrey Totter Madge Gorland
Alan Reed Ezra Liam Kennedy
Leon Ames Kyle Sackett
Jeff York Blair
Philip Ahlm Actor
Walter Ridge Actor
James Darrell Reporter
John Alban Actor
George Noisom Telegraph Messenger
Edgar Sherrod Actor
Dan Quigg Actor
Charles Williams Doctor
Wally Cassell Ben
William Halligan Judge
Morris Ankrum Judge
Garry Owen Truck Driver
Dorothy Phillips Nurse
Edward Earle Doctor
Byron Foulger Picnic Manager
Jeffrey Sayre Reporter
Paul Kruger Officer
Dick Crockett Reporter
Brick Sullivan Officer
Harold Miller Photographer
Reginald Simpson Photographer
Betty Blythe Customer
Joel Friedkin John X. MacHugh
Jack Chefe Headwaiter
Frank Mayo Bailiff
Virginia Randolph Snooty Woman
James Farley Warden
Oliver Cross Man
Paul Bradley Man
Paula Ray Woman
Cameron Grant Willie
Tom Dillon Father McConnell
Howard Mitchell Doctor
John Maurice Sullivan Doctor

Technical Credits
Tay Garnett Director
George Bassman Score Composer
Niven Busch Screenwriter
Jack Dawn Makeup
Randall Duell Art Director
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Marion Herwood Keyes Costumes/Costume Designer
Neil Moret Songwriter
Harry Ruskin Screenwriter
Douglas Shearer Sound/Sound Designer
Sidney Wagner Cinematographer
George White Editor
Richard A. Whiting Songwriter
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
Carey Wilson Producer

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