The Postman Always Rings Twice

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) movie poster

(1946) dir. Tay Garnett
viewed: 11/23/08

John Garfield and Lana Turner.  It’s a post-WWII noir that should have been a pre-code film, but it glistens with intensity and is about as slick as it gets.

James Cain’s novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice, has been a favorite of mine of the hardboild period/style/genre and I have long desired to see the original film impression of the story.  It does not disappoint…other than taking longer to develop its narrative than I remember.  Cain’s novel is tight.  About as tight as I recall in a novel.  The film is less tight, but still wonderfully produced, dark, and poetic.

The cast is brilliant with Garfield and Turner leading with Cecil Kellaway, Leon Ames, and Hume Cronyn in exceptional part-roles.

The story is more of its time, the 1930’s Depression Era America than it is the post-War America, yet the human aspect of the drama is fully intact.  A top notch film, really and truly.

With a few days off, I decided to rent some “classics” that I’d never seen, but had long wanted to.  Very much so, The Postman Always Rings Twice is pure, solid cinema.  Highly recommeded.

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