#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Nick Smith, the middle-aged proprietor of a roadside restaurant, hires drifter Frank Chambers as a handyman. Frank eventually begins an affair with Nick’s beautiful wife Cora, who talks Frank into helping her kill Nick, by “accident.” But the best laid plans……
Plot: A married woman and a drifter fall in love, then plot to murder her husband.
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Though not perfect (the studio and female star could definitely have been improved upon), this is a great noir, and well worth seeking out on blu, as I did, which was on sale and loaded with extras, great ones being feature-length documentaries on the lives and careers of both Lana Turner and John Garfield, each involving huge input from the star’s daughter. Essential viewing for fans of the period, and worth both purchasing and rewatches for fans of noir or of either of the stars.
The Postman Always Rings Twice has one of the most famous character introductions in the history of film.
John Garfield, playing the drifter Frank, arrives at a roadside diner on a hot summer day and orders a burger. The owner of the diner, Nick, runs out to pump some gas leaving Frank alone in the diner. Suddenly a lipstick roll across the floor towards him. Frank (and the camera) looks back to see where it came from. All you see is a bare set of woman’s legs. The camera cuts back to Frank who literally looks like the breath has been knocked out of him. Then there’s a full shot of the leg’s owner – Lana Turner. She all dressed in white and looks like a million dollars. She teases and flirts with Frank but at the same time pretends like she has no interest in him. Moments later you see Frank outside putting a “Man Wanted” sign into a fire. The sign clearly has a double meaning at this point – it’s both an ad for help wanted and “man” wanted. When he finds out that the woman is Nick’s wife he quickly retrieves it. But one more glance at Cora (Turner) in the diner changes his mind again and he puts the sign back into the fire.
Those few moments begin the twisted tale of infidelity and murder told in The Postman Always Rings Twice. Although I think it’s a great film, the rest of the movie could not live up to the opening. I won’t go into the film’s plot in detail because I assume most have seen it. If you haven’t – stop reading and watch it!
The sexual chemistry and star power of the two actors were undeniable and those first few minutes are unforgettable.
Lana Turner began her film career in 1937 but that one scene almost ten years later made her a huge star. MGM made the film (surprising to me. Up until I started to write this review I assumed it was a Warner Bros. production) and they weren’t known for making crime or suspense films. But they were star makers and they had a plan to make Turner the next Jean Harlow. Unfortunately, studios couldn’t make the kind of films they made in the early 1930s due to censorship so they had to rely on the suggestion of sex rather than have characters talk about it or even show it. Turner with her platinum blond hair and perfect figure was up to the task. Unfortunately, she was maybe too “perfect” looking for the part. She comes across too glamorous for most of the film. Jessica Lange, who played the part again years later in the boring 1980s remake, could play sexy but trashy much better.
Garfield – who was borrowed from WB – was already a veteran of these type of films. In fact, his casting is pretty much a no-brainer. Who else but Garfield could play the rebellious Frank better than him? Like Turner, Garfield – who could play scruffy – was here a little too clean cut for the part. An unofficial film version of the story (based on the novel by James M. Cain)from three years earlier, Ossessione,had equally handsome Massimo Girotti play the male lead. But Girotti wore a worn out suit and shoes with holes in them. When Garfield arrives at the diner (driven there but the always-in-the-way district attorney) he’s clean shaved, wearing a black suit and a crisp white shirt. He looks like George Clooney when he gets out of prison in Ocean’s 11. He doesn’t look like a bum who just jumped off the back of a truck like Girotti.
Also, watching it again I found some big problems with the script. The story flaws were no doubt in an attempt to keep the censors happy but they still bothered me.
The district attorney (Leon Ames) was aways around – from driving Frank to the diner all the way to the two deaths at the end. Wasn’t he a little too personally involved in the case? Why was he so suspicious of Frank when Nick first goes to the hospital? Why was he called to the hospital in the first place? (When Frank and the D.A. give each other sideways glances at the hospital I had to laugh)
Cara pleads to manslaughter and gets probation? I’m not a lawyer but I would assume she’d get some jail time.
Even if Frank is considered a suspect in Nick’s death clearly the death of Cara is an accident and they wouldn’t have a case against him.
End of spoilers
My re-watch did remind me of some of the things I’d forgotten about and enjoyed. The two lawyers, Ames and Hume Cronyn (who almost steals the whole film), battling it out to a point where they forget about right and wrong is smart and well written regardless of the questionable legal mumbo jumbo. Also, Garfield recites the line “With my brains and your looks we could go places.” The line is even more clever when you realize that Frank Chambers is a dope and Cora has pretty much tricked him in to doing everything. He’s so “whipped” at the end he talks to a priest and wonders if Cora still loves him!
The roadside killing of Nick is also fantastic. Seeing poor Nick singing away when Frank raises the bottle to kill him is great. (Ossessione, by the way, doesn’t show the killing! What’s the old movie rule? “Show it don’t tell it.”)
The middle of Postman sags quite a bit after the suspenseful killing. Even the appearance of Audrey Totter doesn’t liven it up much. Ossessione handles the middle parts and end much better.
But, even with my nitpicking, I have to say The Postman Always Rings Twice is still one of my favorite films thanks to the famous first few minutes that are burned into my memory.
Superior film noir
Lana Turner and John Garfield generate sparks in this excellent crime thriller. Turner plays Cora Smith, a restless young waitress married to a much-older man who runs the roadside diner. Garfield plays Frank Chambers, a drifter who turns up at the diner and is captivated by Cora. Cecil Kellaway is great as Cora’s naive husband Nick, whose main concern is the diner. The fact that it is filmed in black and white helps create the suspenseful atmosphere and highlight Cora’s striking cream outfits. This is far superior to the 1981 remake, for although it was made under a strict production code, it smolders with desire and tension and is an unforgettable classic.
It Will Ring In A Sour View Of The Female Of The Species
After looking at The Postman Always Rings Twice and comparing it with other works of James M. Cain, I’m walking away with the thought that the man must have been a misogynist. Though at this point in time Cain certainly was at the high point of his career. Imagine having back to back film successes with Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce, and The Postman Always Rings Twice.
But what a view of women these films portray. The comparison with Double Indemnity and Postman is really almost too obvious. A weak and opportunistic man and a tramp of a wife drift into an affair and then they decide to kill the husband. And neither of them can live with the terrible secret of it all. They’ve even got the same kind of dogged gumshoe after them for Lana Turner and John Garfield it’s District Attorney Leon Ames and Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray have Edward G. Robinson.
With Pierce though it’s a little more difficult, but think of Ann Blyth’s character as a Turner/Stanwyck in training. No doubt had she not done her foul deed early on in life she would have grown up to be the same kind of ice dame as these other two.
Lana Turner on a loan out from MGM plays for the first time a really bad girl, later on she would play more. Usually up to this time she played wholesome beauties kind of at variance with her private life. Maybe that’s where the real acting came in for her. But you’d do just about anything to possess this one, even murder.
John Garfield was two films away from ending his long term Warner Brothers contract and certainly they gave him a good role to go out on. Originally the part was offered to Bogart, but it wouldn’t have been good for the older Bogey who most would have seen as too street smart and not so hormone driven as Garfield.
Hume Cronyn has a neat role as a sleazy, but very effective defense attorney. One of the best roles of his early career.
The Postman Always Rings Twice is one great and sordid tale of murder and betrayal. Even operating within the Code it still conveys a really twisted view of humanity.
Courtesy of James M. Cain who probably didn’t think too much of women in his view of the world.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 53 min (113 min)
Genre Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Director Tay Garnett
Writer Harry Ruskin (screen play), Niven Busch (screen play), James M. Cain (based on the novel by)
Actors Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn
Production Company Metro Goldwyn Mayer
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length 7,360 m (2 reels) (1946)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm