Postman Always Rings Twice, The*

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Postman Always Rings Twice, The*

  • 1946 ----- b & w ----- 113 min ----- laserdisc
  • (Directed by Tay Garnett; with Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn) A classic film that, although remade, will never be equaled. The torrid chemistry between screen stars Lana Turner and John Garfield makes this film seethe with passion. Frank (Garfield) is the hitchhiker offered a job at a roadside diner. Cora (Turner) is the voluptuous and hot-blooded wife of the café owner. Upon first sight, sparks fly between them, setting in motion the wheels of suspense and highly-charged drama. The provocative Cora intends to run away with Frank, but she also wants to keep the café. So they plot the murder of Cora’s easy-going husband, Nick (Cecil Kellaway). However, their sinister deeds soon spark the interest of the law. Hume Cronyn gives a memorable performance as the couple’s legal ally, whose hands are full when the lovers’ fits of jealousy and betrayal surface, building into a powerful and ironic finale. (Funded by the Department of Comparative Literature) (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
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