PG certificateThe Postman Always Rings Twice is a Film programme that first aired in 1946 and has been classified a PG certificate.

The Postman Always Rings Twice is a 4 star programme

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The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

Directed by
Tay Garnett

Despite two earlier film versions and the well-known and raunchy 1981 remake with Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange, this 1946 film noir is still considered superior. The definitive interpretation of James M Cain's novel, much of its power comes from the on-screen sexual chemistry between its stars Lana Turner and John Garfield (pictured).

Nick Smith (Cecil Kellaway) is a middle-aged proprietor of a roadside restaurant. When he hires drifter Frank Chambers (Garfield) as a handyman, it is the worst mistake he could make.

Soon Frank begins to have an affair with Nick's beautiful wife Cora (Turner). As the relationship progresses, Cora realises she only wants to be with Frank, so she talks him into helping her kill her husband, by "accident". But naturally the best laid plans never run smoothly...

Highly recommended.

Written by ,

Genre: Film

Running Time: 110 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1946

4/5 Stars

Classification: PG Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Black and White


Image for Lana TurnerLana Turner...Cora Smith
Image for John GarfieldJohn Garfield...Frank Chambers
Image for Cecil KellawayCecil Kellaway...Nick Smith
Hume Cronyn...Arthur Keats
Leon Ames...Kyle Sackett
Audrey Totter...Madge Gorland
Alan Reed...Ezra Liam Kennedy
Jeff York...Blair