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Cora the Exploiter
- Jeff Boston
The lord added a little more sugar to the mix with Lana Turner, and she's got plenty of spice here where she makes nice with Garfield's Frank (not a fuhrer, like most bad guy leads, but definitely a hot dog AND a wiener). The postman always rings twice, so of course Hollywood made a far inferior remake. This Essential rips the remake every which way but loose. The original has no frays, save Frank's nerves.
Stealing A Man's Wife, That's Nothing,
- frank r. lopez
....stealing his car, that's larceny. 1946 box office film noir hit, based on the novel by James M. Cain and directed by Tay Garnett, which is a curious choice. Still, noir-deluxe, as hobo/drifter Frank Chambers (Garfield - with my brains and your looks, we could go places) drifts into town and meets Cora (meow) (Turner) and double drifts, Frank is basically fetching sticks for Cora. Let me say two items here: Frank is not the brightest bulb in the box, under 15 watts and two: Cora (Ms.Turner ahem) has to be one of the legendary femme fatales. Bacon should be sizzling in the background every time Lana is on screen. Cronyn, Ames and Kellaway are excellent in important supporting roles. Knockout ending, with, the meaning of the film wrapped up in neat little bow. A must see classic gem and a Top 200 film of all-time. note: supposedly louie b. from metro hated this film, hated it, he said.
How to steal a film...
- el debbo
with a supporting role. Watch Hume Cronyn and Leon Ames...both excellent! Theories abound for reasons why this movie was named 'The Postman...'. One that intrigues me was about a woman who cajoled her husband into getting life insurance, then she killed him, then she waited for the postman to ring twice as a signal there was an envelope from the insurance company. I've seen other classic movies where telegram or post deliveries got a double-ring on the ole doorbell and it wasn't a signal, it just identified the ringer. Anyhow, there was a real woman from the era waiting for a double ding-dong, but she was 'found out' ultimately.
slap..crackle and burn..with a little apology.
lies.. outrageous criminal acts.. betrayal.. and that was on the part of the lawyers. lana turner was the face of film noir. for me..I thought the story took off with the court action. fitting ending.. most would say. john Garfield ..he slapped that poor slob around so much.. like he was fighting a movie usher to get out of an owen Wilson movie circa 2017. sorry mr.wilson..it is film noir..it is not a pretty genre. this story is part of the fabric that makes the genre burn.
He Stands at the Door & Knocks
This movie was indeed a well played out, elongated tale of a body beautiful/soul deformed couple whose self-uncontrollable means justified their end!
Lana Turner is Delicious !
- Don Riley
Turner and Garfield are truly Wonderful. I actually loved the script except the ending, I just found the ending to be unbelievable. People who commit murder are just not as decent and understanding and accepting of their fate as John Garfield appears to be as the film ends. Still in all its a five star view for me.
A totally fitting ending to a very fine film
Good Adaptation of Great Novel
- Murray Gilkeson
I want to echo what was just said. As good as Garfield and Turner were, my favorite part is the courtroom drama duel between Hugh Cronym and Leon Ames. Love the 40's sets and scenery before all the over development in SoCal.
Color in black and white
- Don Letta
I love the way Lana's character is suggested by wearing either black or white...not too subtle, but a clever trick. While this one is the high watermark, the Italian version is no also-ran. Catch it if you can. TCM shows it occasionally.
It's HOT in here!
Gracious me but this film is so hot you can barely stand it! Lana Turner and John Garfield just heat things up from the get-go and she is as incredibly beautiful as Garfield is handsome. Big problem, though! She's evil and he's so vulnerable and so head-over-heels in love with her that he is ready to do her bidding in a murderous plan. I've always believed this is the ultimate film noir, with top notch stars and an A-one screenplay. It is definitely an "essential" and everyone should see it at least once. Five stars from me!
Keep it Cool
John Garfield was just as steamy as he always is and he makes you want to sit through the movie. This was my first Lana Turner movie and it was a good one to make a fan out of me. I found her stunning, I understood why the Garfield character fell so helplessly in love with her. She was just so beautiful, so dangerous and so tantalizing that you went absolutely gaga for her. The plot line was the classic 'murder the husband so we can be happy' but the trust wasn't there between the two and it ultimately ruined the characters (plot wise because the characters were very realistic embodiments of human inconsistancy, desire, love and insecurity). I loved how in this one love story film noir two other stories grew out of it with the trial and the post trial. The ending doesn't seem to fit as well as how it should have ended because to me they let it slip away at the very end. They tripped at the finish by not maintaining the cool that would have saved them.
The Postman Always rings Twice
- Dashiell Barnes
An excellent, first-rate film noir. Drifter Garfield begins work at a resturant run by Kellaway & begin's an affair with Turner, resulting in Kellaway's murder. Garfield is great & Turner is absolutely stunning, playing an unique femme fatale, one with actual affection towards the leading man. Gloomy story based on McCain's novel has been altered for censorship reasons, but still engaging. An unforgettable classic from the noir genre. I give it a 5/5.
Excellent film.Feel sorry for Garfield.Remake not in the same class.
- Billy Wirtz
Lana Turner is absolutely incredible. Garfield holds his own, but she changes from predator to prey and then back again in under two minutes. Terrific ending with no less than three false starts. The electricity between them is almost unbearable. Not enough stars for this one. Essential...
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
- James Higgins
What makes this classic film noir stand above so many of the others is the sultry and sizzling chemistry between Lana Turner and John Garfield. This is among one of the best performances either would ever give. It's an excellent story as well, intriguing and compelling. Superb cinematography and the writing is outstanding.
A Lana Turner Classic...
- Natasha N
I would say this is Lana Turner's best film, She looks amazing! John's acting is so good. The ending was a bit sad, as much as it is wrong what they did, you still want them to live happily ever after. I really wanted them to be together, but darn production codes wouldn't allow murders to live, or be free... Anyway great film, I watch every time it is on.
On location filming
- Jarrod McDonald
The gas station scenes were filmed in Norwalk, California, located about thirty miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. In the mid-1940s, Norwalk was very rural and was comprised mainly of orchards and oil wells. Of course, now it is all part of the massive sprawling suburban landscape of L.A. In addition to these scenes in Norwalk, the movie also makes use of real-life locations in East L.A. and Malibu. Tay Garnett's film stands as a historical document of greater Los Angeles in the mid-1940s due to its extensive on-location filming.
- Bruce Reber
"The Postman Always Rings Twice" is a top notch film noir in the style of "Double Indemnity". The plots of both films are very similar (a woman enlisting the man she's fallen in love with to help kill her husband), and Lana Turner and John Garfield make just as hot and lethal a couple in "Postman" as Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray did in DI. I'm surpirsed that "Postman" didn't get any Oscar nominations, especially for Turner and Garfield for their great performances. I'd like to see "Postman" shown more often on TCM; it's truly one of the best film noirs ever.
Lana Turner and John Garfield Sizzle
Lana Turner plays Cora Smith, a married owner of a diner on the coast of California. Dear Cecil Kellaway plays her older husband, Nick Smith, who's got money. John Garfield plays a drifter who becomes a grifter, Frank Chambers. This classic is a tale of Turner and Garfield having a very hot adulterous romance that they make the audience want to happen even though Kellaway makes the audience love him. There's the conflict between wanting to watch the lovers together as they plot to bump off the older man then attempt to carry it out and bungle it, and being so sympathetic with the kindly Kellaway that it seems too cruel to murder him even for love. Turner and Garfield make too sensuous a couple for words. This is the version that's a classic.
- Bob Hendrick
As many times as I have seen this film, I marvel at the deliberately insidious screenplay. Garfield and Turner are perfect as the two illicit lovers who are thrown together by fate, and plot to kill her husband. When they both come to this realization, it suggests that at the right time and place and circumstance, even good people are capable of anything; and that realization is chilling. As the film progresses, there is an eerie awareness that they may get away with this. If you haven't seen this film, the ending is in the title: The Postman does ring twice, indeed.
- mr. T
Lana Turner's entrance in this movie was the sexiest entrance ever, next to Gary Cooper's in Saratoga Trunk with Ingrid Bergman. Nuff said.
What a excellent movie!
- wanda f lowery
This is one movie you'll never forget. It'll keep you on the edge of your seat,from beginning to end. I love Lana Turner, and John Garfield is wonderful. They make alot of heat in this movie! It most definitely will draw you in and hook you! Great movie! Bye
This movie is one of my favorites! and it is John Garfield was never sexier! ;0)
The Postman Always Rings Twice
- Wendy Winkler
This is one of John Garfield's and Lana Turner's best. But Hume Cronyn really stands out. I really enjoy his performance even though his part is small.