The Postman Always Rings Twice

The Postman Always Rings Twice

DVD - 1946
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Frank Chambers (John Garfield) is a drifter who lands at a roadside gas station owned by jolly old Nick Smith (Cecil Kellaway) and his young, blonde wife Cora (Lana Turner). In a matter of minutes, Frank and Cora fall in love, and plot to murder Nick. Eventually wedding bells ring, the body count rises, and the gavel slams-of course, nothing ever goes as planned. Part of what makes the film noir is watching the characters react, as their plans are derailed one by one.

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garycornell
Feb 27, 2015

A small cast of characters for most of the movie, put on the show of a lifetime. Great performances from John Garfield, Lana Turner and Cecil Kellaway. Each in their own way earns Five Stars in my book. Lana Turner is glamorous, sexy and mysterious as any screen star before or after her. We see her munipulate John Garfield and her husband Cecil Kellaway. John Garfield is both the character Frank Chambers, a drifter who stops at a dinner for work and the narator. Through his eyes we see how his mind works and what he sees happening around him. It is spellbinding and a really fine movie by director Tay Garnett. If you haven't seen "The Postman Always Rings Twice" you are in the 90 minutes of high drama!

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Feb 27, 2014

WARNING! - In this "Crime-of-Passion" Drama that simply refuses to end, prepare yourself for something of a let-down when it's finally revealed (in this film's closing scene) what the title "The Postman Always Rings Twice" is refering to._____ I'm tellin' ya - If you're like me you'll surely roll your eyes to the ceiling when John Garfield's dead-serious character (who's waiting on Death Row for his execution) makes a truly laughable, metaphorical connection between the Postman ringing twice and his involvement with that murderous slut, Cora Smith._____ Yes. I'm well-aware that a lot of people are more than eager to heap piles of praise on this 1946 "Bad-Boy-Meets-Bad-Girl" movie, but, with that said, this vintage flick (which started out in first-gear) really deteriorated in its last hour into a steady, downward spiral of relentlessly absurd situations that defied common-sense thinking._____ In my opinion - On top of the confusing legalities that got introduced into the story (compounded by several contrived plot-twists), this picture suffered significantly from the casting of that "Barbie Doll" Lana Turner as the conniving, little minx, Cora Smith._____ All-in-all - I would never, ever consider this poorly-structured, anti-climatic picture (with its heavy-handed music score that telegraphs every plot turn) to be worthy of being classified in the genre of Film Noir.

RobertLR Apr 29, 2013

A very good movie and that first look at Lana Turner's face is a knockout. I actually liked Nick and felt badly upon his demise. Hume Cronyn does a great job as the weasel defense attorney as most of them are in real life, or I should say as most lawyers are.

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Monolith
Aug 31, 2012

Lana Turner was a knockout man, WOW. That opening scene where the camera pans up from the lipstick on the floor...Yeow... Not just a pretty face though -- she could act, too! Razor sharp as the femme fatale. Garfield was good; he looked like a genuinely tough character. (Sad, sad bio on bonus features.) Rat-faced Hume Cronyn really nails the sleazy, slimy role (check him out in the 1947 "Brute Force" with Burt Lancaster -- he's even scummier). Tremendous noir. FIVE STARS. (P.S. The actor playing 'Kennedy', the private dick who took Cora's confession, was Alan Reed, the original Fred Flintstone...!!)

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jgrnlees
Nov 02, 2011

I loved this movie! I thought the story and the acting were great! I didn't fall in love with John Garfield as the "hero," though. He and Lana Turner seemed mismatched to me. Hume Cronyn turned in a stellar performance, too. So did Cecil Kellaway and the rest of the cast. I highly recommend this movie. It's a classic!

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Janice21383
Sep 06, 2011

Note to husbands: don't get old, don't get drunk, and above all, don't sing tunelessly. Just don't sing, period. Surprisingly, the best performance is not Turner or Garfield, but Cronyn, as a smirky little lawyer.

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KarenW
Sep 04, 2009

Lovely in her pure white, Lana Turner can turn the tables on any man even a lone drifter played by John Garfield. Avoid the pitiful remake from 1981.

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jgrnlees
Nov 02, 2011

jgrnlees thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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jgrnlees
Nov 02, 2011

Violence: Cora and Frank plot the murder of her husband, and several attempts are made, all bloody, though the violence is not always shown on screen.

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Monolith
Aug 31, 2012

Frank Chambers: "...Stealing a man's wife, that's nothing, but stealing a man's car, that's larceny."

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