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The Postman Always Rings Twice (2-May-1946)

Director: Tay Garnett

Writers: Harry Ruskin; Niven Busch

From novel: The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain

Musical Score: George Bassman

Producer: Carey Wilson

Keywords: Drama, Crime, Film Noir

Frank Chambers, drifter, obtains a job at a rural roadside café owned by Nick Smith, and commences a steamy relationship with Nick's young wife Cora. After one botched attempt, the pair succeeds in murdering Nick. The District Attorney has trouble putting a proper case together. Melodramatic noir, which seems to have unnecessary plot twists tacked onto the end. Remade as The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981).

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Leon Ames
20-Jan-1902 12-Oct-1993 Character actor, a SAG founder
Hume Cronyn
18-Jul-1911 15-Jun-2003 Cocoon
John Garfield
4-Mar-1913 21-May-1952 Gentleman's Agreement
Cecil Kellaway
22-Aug-1893 28-Feb-1973 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Alan Reed
20-Aug-1907 14-Jun-1977 Voice of Fred Flintstone
Audrey Totter
20-Dec-1918 12-Dec-2013 The Unsuspected
Lana Turner
8-Feb-1920 29-Jun-1995 The Postman Always Rings Twice
Jeff York
23-Mar-1912 11-Oct-1995 Reno McKee on The Alaskans


Lana Turner   ...   Cora Smith
John Garfield   ...   Frank Chambers
Cecil Kellaway   ...   Nick Smith
Hume Cronyn   ...   Arthur Keats
Leon Ames   ...   Kyle Sackett
Audrey Totter   ...   Madge Gorland
Alan Reed   ...   Ezra Liam Kennedy
Jeff York   ...   Blair


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