Postman Always Rings Twice

The Postman Always Rings Twice

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

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


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This taut and entertaining adaptation of James M. Cain's best-selling thriller gets a solid presentation for its release on DVD. The 1946 version of The Postman Always Rings Twice has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. Viewers may choose between the original


This taut and entertaining adaptation of James M. Cain's best-selling thriller gets a solid presentation for its release on DVD. The 1946 version of The Postman Always Rings Twice has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. Viewers may choose between the original English-language soundtrack and a dubbed version in French; optional subtitles in English, French, and Spanish are also included. Bonus materials include a documentary on leading man John Garfield, an introduction from film historian Richard Jewell, a gallery of production photos, and trailers for both this film and the 1981 remake.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
The Ten Commandments take a beating in 1946's The Postman Always Rings Twice, a lusty noir thriller adapted from the novel by James M. Cain (Double Indemnity). John Garfield portrays a drifter whose adulterous relationship with the wife (Lana Turner) of his new employer (Cecil Kellaway) leads to thoughts of murder. Animal magnetism is the name of the game here, and Turner and Garfield play it to the hilt, with Turner's cool, platinum-blonde allure a perfect foil for the thuggish Garfield's lecherous leering. They make excellent (and nicely unsympathetic) partners in crime, too: She's the last word in manipulation, and he's as cocky as can be. Kellaway, meanwhile, plays the husband as the definitive cuckold, a naïve and affable fellow who eventually reveals himself to be both a tyrant and a lush. It's a well-drawn triangle, and it leads to a large number of surprising twists. This is golden-era Hollywood, so don't expect crime to pay. But the anticipation of finding out who meets what bad end, and how, keeps this classic cruising along from start to finish. Italian director Luchino Visconti’s neo-realist Obsessione, made in 1942, was actually the first film version of the novel, which was adapted for the screen once again in 1981, this time with Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange as the ill-fated lovers. This Postman, though, remains the definitive version.
All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
A classic 1940s film noir, The Postman Always Rings Twice is shot through with an overwhelming sense of the inevitability of fate. In the tradition of Greek tragedy, characters who appear to be in control of their fates turn out to be trapped and compelled by urges beyond their control. They are attractive but flawed, and corrupt at a level so basic that no amount of absolution can cleanse them of their sins. Lana Turner is so magnetically attractive that it is easy to see why John Garfield's character is so quick to fall under her charms and into her arms. Garfield does a capable job of portraying his character's basic moral neutrality: he will do what has to be done, not because it is right or wrong, but simply because it is what must be done. The Macbeth-like plotting of the lovers leads to the predictable recriminations and double-crosses. Even in noir, evil is punished. Eventually. Sort of. The passions that drive the couple to murder are the same fates that manipulated Macbeth, but, in both cases, the characters must pay a price for their weaknesses. The relentless intensity of the Turner-Garfield relationship has rarely been matched on screen. The taut script by Harry Ruskin was based on the novel by noir-meister James M. Cain (Double Indemnity Mildred Pierce), and director Tay Garnett carefully evokes all the conventions of the genre without expanding them.

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Warner Home Video
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[Dolby Digital Mono]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Revealing documentary profile "The John Garfield Story," narrated by Julie Garfield; Introduction by film historian and author Richard Jewell; Theatrical trailers of the original and the 1981 remake; Behind-the-scenes image gallery

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

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits.
2. About a Job.
3. Burn It Up.
4. Aren't We Ambitious?
5. Salesman Frank.
6. Too Hot to Dance.
7. Moonlight Swim.
8. Not 100% Undefeated.
9. Turning Back.
10. Nick of Time.
11. Happy Without Him.
12. Always Up to Something.
13. Blown Fuse - and Scheme.
14. Accidents Can Happen.
15. Minds Made Up.
16. No Other Way Out.
17. Deadly Echo.
18. Ensnared.
19. The DA's Deal.
20. Keats Is Handling It.
21. Cora Handles It.
22. Their Only Hope.
23. Legal Maneuvers.
24. Expressing It Perfectly.
25. Noose Around His Neck.
26. Madge.
27. Kennedy's Blackmail.
28. Turning the Tables.
29. Chained to Each Other.
30. Where It's Deep.
31. Tragedy Head-On.
32. Ringing Twice.


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The Postman Always Rings Twice 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this film. I thought that is was suspensful, well acted, and romantic. I really liked how through every thing they always paid for what they did and never got away with anything. I think that this film had a good message and everybody shoud see it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lana shines, Garfield excels in this film that is without doubt a classic!
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'The Postman Always Rings Twice'(1946) is a film noir classic about two misguided lovers, Cora Smith (Lana Turner) and Frank Chambers (John Garfield). Frank is a drifter who accidentally stumbles onto a roadside diner run by Cora¿s middle-aged hubby, Nick (Cecil Kellaway). At first Frank is determined to keep everything on the square. He¿s cool to Cora in a flirtatious sort of way and she reciprocates that coolness with all the frozen assets of an ice princess. But before long the two are bumping and grinding behind the counter and taking off for their nightly midnight swims. Cora soon decides to run away with Frank while Nick is away on business. But her threshold for the creature comforts of life - comforts that Nick has provided but Frank cannot - lead the two to schlep back to the diner in a flurry of sexual frustration before Nick gets home. A plan to electrocute Nick in the bath tube gets bungled and Nick survives. But by now, District Attorney Kyle Sackett (Leon Ames) is suspicious. Cora and Frank liquor up Nick and take him for a drive. The plan now is to drive the car over a cliff. However, this too backfires as the car with Nick¿s unconscious body inside does not plunge down the precipice. Instead, when Frank climbs to where the car has become entangled in some underbrush, he accidentally forces it over the edge with him inside. Cora is apprehended by Sackett for the murder of her husband and attempted murder of Frank. Though she is exonerated of the charges the illicit lovers continue to live under the constant and microscopic scrutiny of Sackett. Based on the novel by James M. Cain, this version (for the sake of censorship), alters a few of Cain's original concepts, but is considerably more thrilling than the Jack Nicholson remake from the 1980's. Lana Turner - as always - is a vision. John Garfield gives yet another solid performance in his all too brief acting canon. Warner Brothers gives us a beautiful looking DVD. The gray scale is superb with rich blacks, excellent contrast levels and minimal film grain throughout. There is a hint of fine detail shimmering. There are no aliasing or edge enhancement effects for an image that is smooth, crisp and fully realized in fine details. The audio is mono and nicely presented. Extras include the fantastic documentary, ¿The John Garfield Story¿ narrated by his daughter, Julie and an informative audio commentary. This is about as good as vintage Hollywood film making gets. With a gorgeous transfer to boot this postman does indeed ring twice!
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Moya_Sestra More than 1 year ago
This movie is dreadful. MGM should have stuck to musicals and epics and not tried to cash in on the success of film noir. The performances are terrible, the departures from the plot are stupid, and the factual errors are horrifying. Watch Double Indemnity for a good adaptation of a Cain novel.