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THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (1946)

The explosive sexual chemistry between Depression-era drifter Frank Chambers (John Garfield) and steamy roadside café waitress Cora (Lana Turner) is the smoldering centerpiece of this 1946 Tay Garnett-directed noir thriller. Shocking and explicit for its time, Postman follows its scheming lovers on a doomed journey that starts with passion, moves quickly to infidelity and murder, and ends with karmic finality in the hairpin turns of fate.

With "The Postman Always Rings Twice" Director, Tay Garnett, gave audiences one of the best of the film noir crime dramas.

The powerhouse cast includes: John Garfield, Lana Turner, Hume Cronyn, and Leon Ames.

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Promotional Line: "Their Love was a Flame that Destroyed!"

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The basic story involves a drifter, Frank Chambers, who has an affair with a married woman, and then is persuaded to help kill her husband.

The trouble begins when a middle-aged owner of a roadside diner / gas station, Nick Smith (John Colicos) hires a drifter, Frank Chambers (John Garfield) to work as a handy man. Nick's beautiful, but immoral wife, Cora (Lana Turner), and Frank develop an intimate relationship. Cora and Frank hatch a plan to bump off poor Nick. But, as the saying goes, "The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray." As the story progresses, we are drawn further and further into the plight of doomed drifter, Garfield, with considerable suspense generated along the way.

The story has elements in common with "Double Indemnity." The screenplay, by Harry Ruskin and Niven Busch, was based on the James M. Cain novel, who wrote the source novels for "Postman" and "Indemnity."

The film is a classic because of the power of its tale of lust and murder, as the screenplay explores the seedy side of human naure. Turner and Garfield have great chemistry together. We feel their passion. The morally bankrupt Cora (Lana Turner) is so hot and sexy here that its easy to see why Garfield would murder for her, if he lacked in moral conviction and character.

My favorite scenes are those with Turner and Garfield, which really heat up the screen. Some actors have chemistry, but with Garfield and Turner you can practically see the sparks jumping between them.

If you are a fan of stories involving "doomed romance and double crosses," you'll enjoy this film.

If you enjoyed THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, you may like BODY HEAT, DOUBLE INDEMNITY, BLACK WIDOW, BLOOD & WINE, and THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (1981).

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