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Title:
The postman always rings twice
Author:
Cain, James M. (James Mallahan), 1892-1977. Postman always rings twice.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
Burbank, CA : Warner Bros., [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (113 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Steamy tale of a drifter offered a job at a roadside diner by the owner, an easy-going older man. When the drifter and the owner's voluptuous wife fall in love, they plot to kill her husband and run away together.
General Note:
Videodisc release of the 1946 motion picture.

Based on the novel by James M. Cain.

Standard version ; presented in a format preserving the aspect ratio of its original theatrical exhibition.

Special features include documentary profile The John Garfield story ; theatrical trailers of the original and the 1981 remake ; behind-the-scenes image gallery.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
Not rated.
ISBN:
9780790785899
UPC:
012569585829
Format :
DVD

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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. Thanks to the conniving of slimy attorney Arthur Keats (Hume Cronyn), the illicit lovers are able to beat the murder rap--but, as the film's title symbolically indicates, they eventually pay for their misdeeds in an unexpected manner. Fans of the James M. Cain original--not to mention Cain himself--were aghast at the changes made in the novel by screenwriters Harry Ruskin and Niven Busch; many of the alterations were made to conform with censorship standards of the era, while others simply existed to massage the egos of the stars. Even so, the 1946 version of The Postman Always Rings Twice is infinitely more satisfying than the no-holds-barred 1981 remake, directed by Bob Rafelson with Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi