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The Postman Always Rings Twice Details

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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Lana Turner
as Cora Smith
John Garfield
as Frank Chambers
Cecil Kellaway
as Nick Smith
Hume Cronyn
as Arthur Keats
Audrey Totter
as Madge Gorland
Alan Reed, Sr.
as Ezra Liam Kennedy
Leon Ames
as Kyle Sackett
Jeff York
as Blair
Walter Ridge
James Darrell
as Reporter
John Alban
George Noisom
as Telegraph Messenger
Dan Quigg
Wally Cassell
as Ben
William Halligan
as Judge
Morris Ankrum
as Judge
Garry Owen
as Truck Driver
Edward Earle
as Doctor
Byron Foulger
as Picnic Manager
Jeffrey Sayre
as Reporter
Paul Kruger
as Officer
Dick Crockett
as Reporter
Brick Sullivan
as Officer
Reginald Simpson
as Photographer
Betty Blythe
as Customer
Joel Friedkin
as John X. MacHugh
Jack Chefe
as Headwaiter
Frank Mayo
as Bailiff
James Farley
as Warden
Oliver Cross
as Man
Paula Ray
as Woman
Cameron Grant
as Willie
Howard Mitchell
as Doctor
Oliver Cross
as Man
Brick Sullivan
as Officer
George Noisom
as Telegraph Messenger
Joel Friedkin
as John X. MacHugh
Reginald Simpson
as Photographer
Byron Foulger
as Picnic Manager
James Darrell
as Reporter
Jeffrey Sayre
as Reporter
James Farley
as Warden
Paul Kruger
as Officer
Cameron Grant
as Willie
Wally Cassell
as Ben
Jack Chefe
as Headwaiter
Betty Blythe
as Customer
Dick Crockett
as Reporter
Paula Ray
as Woman
Garry Owen
as Truck Driver
William Halligan
as Judge
Edward Earle
as Doctor
Frank Mayo
as Bailiff
Morris Ankrum
as Judge

Crew

Tay Garnett
Director
Carey Wilson
Producer
Niven Busch
Screenwriter
Harry Ruskin
Screenwriter
Sidney Wagner
Cinematographer
Neil Moret
Songwriter
George Bassman
Composer (Music Score)
Randall Duell
Art Director
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Irene
Costume Designer
Douglas Shearer
Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Dawn
Makeup
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