in about 100 words or less
USA 113m, B&W
Director: Tay Garnett; Cast: Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn, Leon Ames
The Postman Always Rings Twice is a film noir where the murder is not a mystery. This darkly themed drama is set during the Great Depression and follows Frank Chambers – a drifter who finds employment at a local diner run by Nick and his much younger and most attractive wife Cora. Not long after his arrival, he begins an affair with Cora – a desperate woman who escapes poverty by marrying an older man with financial means. After witnessing Nick in a near automobile accident, Frank jokes about how their “troubles” could be solved with Frank out-of-the-way, leading Cora to seriously contemplate the killing of her husband. Lana Turner’s portrayal of the homicidal wife is utterly convincing, and she convinces her troubled boyfriend Frank to help her plan and execute the deed. Despite the portrayal of a court system which is less than perfect, justice prevails in a twist of fate (Klaus Ming February 2010).