Their love was a flame that destroyed!
A married woman and a drifter fall in love, then plot to murder her husband.
A married woman and a drifter fall in love, then plot to murder her husband.
Lana Turner John Garfield Cecil Kellaway Hume Cronyn Leon Ames Audrey Totter Alan Reed Jeff York Philip Ahlm John Alban Don Anderson Morris Ankrum King Baggot Betty Blythe Paul Bradley Wally Cassell Jack Chefe Dick Crockett Oliver Cross James Darrell Tom Dillon Edward Earle Jim Farley Byron Foulger Joel Friedkin A. Cameron Grant Robert Haines William Halligan Bud Harrison Show All…
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Loove Lana Turner in this!!
Having nearly nothing to do with the postman ringing twice, I think a better name for this film would have been Curiosity Killed the Cat. It’s a pretty classic noir set up, a guy with nowhere to go and a femme fatale with someone she needs to knock off. This one works so well on the chemistry between Turner and Garfield. Unlike double indemnity which it is often compared to, they seem like there are feelings between them going both ways, as opposed to the femme fatale just using the protagonist to get what she wants.
I love the noir format, when done right, it seems like it never loses me. It is only frustrating that…
tfw the postman rings twice
"Do you love me so much that nothing else matters?"
Driven to dangerously myopic levels of forbidden passion, hapless drifter Frank (John Garfield) and closeted hellcat Cora (Lana Turner) are undone by formulating, executing and attempting to conceal a haphazard murder under the guise of an accidental death.
The Postman Always Rings Twice marks a rather encouraging introduction to filmmaker Tay Garnett, who worked in various capacities for such luminaries as Hal Roach, Mack Sennett, Frank Capra and Cecil B. De Mille before launching his own directorial career in the 1930s. Though James M. Cain's scandalous 1934 potboiler of same name had already formed the basis for two screen adaptations, Garnett's 1946 version—scripted by Harry Ruskin and Niven Busch—was the…
The Postman Always Rings Twice rests on some fairly typical noir tropes, with everything hinging on the dynamic between the two central characters - John Garfield's aimless drifter and Lana Turner's ambitious femme fatale. The film takes time to set the scene - a roadside cafe in California, which sets the stage for murder when the pair decide to knock off the lady's husband. It's slow paced but always interesting. The film is somewhat let down by the execution - the script feels lightweight, some parts feel clunky and as much as I try, I just can't buy Turner and Cecil Kellaway as a married couple! But when the film hits, it hits hard, and this is easily enough to…
Fight the inevitable all you want, the fate of justice will always catch up. Even if the postman finds silence on his first visit, that second ring will be heard by all.
The most erotically charged noir I’ve set sights on since GUN CRAZY, bullets are swapped for an ethical staircase of twists and turns, whiplash-inducing machinations and double crossing as a way to get their rocks off. And an uncompromising evil that transpires through biting moral conundrums. That says “no-one is getting out alive” of this magnetic quicksand we like to call love.
At its best, POSTMAN sizzles and flares with a crackling tension, setting up this world dripping with demented romanticism and the venom of disillusionment where all…
of course it's hard not to compare this to DOUBLE INDEMNITY, and of course this is going to lose for me every time because the other film is one of my favorite noirs and barbara stanwyck is an infinitely more interesting actress to me than lana turner. the first half of this film is great, but really loses steam as soon as it goes into the courtroom, which is the place where old hollywood filmic energy goes to die, and then so much of the plot is strangely implausible after that point. i did love the pair of beach scenes (mainly because they reminded me of FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, another better movie that i wished i was watching) and lana's swimsuit + coat outfit is extremely iconic. and it was nice to be reminded that i love anti-HUAC king john garfield and his bone structure, good for him.
Noir-November Challenge! Movie #19
A very strong character driven noir that featured the charistmatic coupling of Lana Turner and John Garfield! Where there's smoke there's fire and this couple was SIZZLING! The script was a lightweight but these heavyweight actors delivered a one-two punch that'll have you kissing the canvas!
Loved it up until the final moments of the film when it went full blown HOKEYville on us!
Problems are merely blossoming for married woman Cora Smith, portrayed iconically by Lana Turner, and traveller Frank Chambers when they become captivated by one another and conspire to put an end to her husband Nick, a declining owner of a roadside diner. Turner and Garfield (who plays Chambers) are pitch-perfect in their roles and create a chemistry that not only supports the weight of the film but adds dimension to the hard-boiled story.
Carefully adapted from a novel by James M. Cain, the unbalanced romanticism and bitterness of disenchantment filters through the adaptation by Harry Ruskin and Niven Busch and meshes in treacheries and revelations, and as it develops, it also comes to be a contemptuous illustration of the American…
There’s no way this doesn’t end badly, right?
While they were filmed in black and white, the best noirs typically had abundant shades of moral grey. In a doomed world, being good can amount to just giving goodness the old college try.
So, it makes for a soapy treat when “The Postman Always Rings Twice” comes along and forces its two plotting protagonists to suffer for even pretending to live under the illusion of righteousness.
Director Tay Garnett’s film comes across as a malicious morality fable. Lana Turner and John Garfield as scheming illicit lovers could very well instead be some of the populace in the lower rings of Dante’s “Inferno;” condemned to suffer forever for their ambition and desire. …
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A typically Noir tale of murderous infidelity. Scheming lovers plot to do away with the hapless husband and remove the obstacle to their happiness. There are obvious comparisons with Double Indemnity, with a hastily drawn-up life insurance policy figuring, and the consequences of the couples' actions closing around them like a net. But Frank and Cora's path to freedom is haphazard and unplanned - they really are making it up as they go along - and consequently the movie feels less tightly structured. The Postman Always Rings Twice still has a lot going for it, familiar Noir beats executed with style; there're just a few issues that hold it back from true genre classic status.
Despite being generally well-paced, it…
A lot of plot points just didn't make sense. Too many moments were hard to believe. The characters were inconsistent. The ending was preachy and corny. But I'd watch again for Lana Turner!
This is a rather entertaining film noir and it has some very good scenes, but it unfortunately get a little too uneven at points. I want to love it, but at the end of the day I can only say that it's a good noir film.
Lana Turner commands the screen the from the first moment you see her. A spellbinding introduction if there ever was one. Her screen presence was hard to rival at the time. Unfortunately, her character seems to change motives constantly throughout the film and kind of throws things off.
John Garfield was very good in his role, but I found his connection to Lana Turner's character to be very forced. Lots of reviews mention…