The Postman Always Rings Twice
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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.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of the great cruel jokes in early film noir."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Whilst the Jack/Jessica version was entertaining it was seemingly only interested in 'pushing the envelope', this film doesn't need to do any of that - and doesn't - it just plays out the story, and that's gripping enough."
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"A potent noir study of people falling victim to their own desires"
‑ Dan Jardine, All Movie Guide
"what it lacks in sex it gains in passions of other sorts. It smolders."
‑ Mark Athitakis,
"The movie is not a wild river but a humid delta of stagnant frustration and stymied movement, so it's all the more impressive that it's such a gripping spectatorial experience."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Part sultry romance, part mystery thriller, the movie continues to keep audiences involved with its edgy character relationships and unforeseen tensions."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Garfield and Turner electrify; there's no nudity or on-screen sex in the picture, yet the erotic charge between these two is incredibly potent."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) is one of the best film noirs of all time - and one of the earliest prototypes of today's 'erotic thrillers.'"
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
"...has little of the insinuating nature of the best film noir."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Better than the remake"
‑ Bob Ross, Tampa Tribune
"The magic in the film is in the chemical reaction between Garfield and Lana, their performances are sizzling."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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