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Postman Always Rings Twice [VHS]


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  • Actors: Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn, Leon Ames
  • Directors: Tay Garnett
  • Writers: Harry Ruskin, James M. Cain, Niven Busch
  • Producers: Carey Wilson
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MGM (Warner)
  • VHS Release Date: September 1, 1998
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301976185
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #558,294 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

A married woman and a drifter fall in love, then plot to murder her husband... but even once the deed is done, they must live with the consequences of their actions.

Customer Reviews

This movie is EXCELLENT, undoubtly the best NOIR there's ever been.
Alfredo
Essentially, this film is more interesting for the visual and physical tension between Turner and Garfield than for any other single element.
"scotsladdie"
After looking at Cecil Kellaway's young wife Garfield agrees to a job at the diner the genial older man runs.
William Hare

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul on July 12, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I love all film noirs because of the way they were filmed and acted. The setting were always fantastic and the plots always teeming with murder, blackmail, and alienation. The characters were low-lifes, detectives, or femme fatales. In all film noirs, there is romance, but the sexiest film noir, by far, is the original version of The Postman Always Rings Twice. The on-screen chemistry between platinum blonde Lana Turner and drifter John Garfield is enough to carry a 113 minute movie. Throw in Cecil Kellaway and Hume Cronyn as part of the great supporting cast, a wonderful story by James M. Cain, and tragic irony and the result is one of the fastest moving, most enjoyable film noirs produced in the golden age of Hollywood.
Lana Turner's Cora ranks as one of the most seemingly innocent and utterly drop-dead beautiful goddesses ever to touch the silver screen.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This is the best and original version of The Postman Always Rings Twice and it captures your attention from the opening scene when Frank Chambers narrates how he came to The Twin Oaks and met up with Cora and Nick Smith. From the moment Cora intentionally drops the cap off her lipstick tube(so that it rolls to Frank and he has to pick it up)they are both hot for each other and Cora is anxious to do away with her much older, boring cheapskate husband. The movie keeps your interest throughout and you wish they still made films like this again. Highly recommended for all mystery movie buffs and collectors of real Hollywood films.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Oleson TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 10, 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
In this film noir pot boiler, actors Lana Turner and John Garfield were two of the biggest stars in Hollywood. And both are at the top of their game in this Tay Garnett directed film. Garfield, in one of his best performances, plays Frank Chambers. After catching a ride hitchhiking he stumbles into a diner with a "Man Wanted" sign posted outside. The sign has double meaning as the story plays out. The diner is owned by Nick Smith (Cecil Kellaway) and his younger, much younger wife Cora (Turner).

In a great scene early in the film, Nick has gone into town on some errands and Cora makes her entrance by dropping her lipstick which roles over to Frank's feet. We don't see her at first, nor does Frank. He picks up the lipstick and looks up along with the rest of us to find young Cora. She's a platinum blond, decked out in a glistening white 2-piece outfit with short shorts and her hair neatly tucked into a turban. You can see Frank gasp ever so faintly, as did I. She's a knockout and yes, we know where this is all headed.

Bored with her life with dull Nick, Cora and Frank begin their affair and quietly plot Nick's demise. Based on a novel by James M. Cain and adapted for the screen by Harry Ruskin and Niven Busch, "Postman" is quintessential noir. We have the good, bad guy and the innocent good guy. And of course the bad girl that usually gets her way. This terrific picture was one of Garfield and Turner's best work, although reports were that they were not fond of each other. You would never know it by watching their work here.

The Blu ray package is a winner. The transfer is in 1080p with a 1.37:1 aspect ratio. The extras however are all in standard definition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Z. Deming on August 13, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
This spellbinding 1946 B&W flick, set in California, pits sultry Lana Turner against John Garfield in a neverending love-hate relationship, which ironically parallels the lives of its 2 stars. Turner, 7 times married & dead in 1995 at 74, is electrified at first glance by Garfield, in real life, a tough Jewish bad boy who was later blacklisted during the McCarthy era, and died in 1952 at 39. Classic scenes in this all-American classic include: shots in the Twin Oaks Diner,(owned by the husband Lana didn't love), including donuts and a steaming mug of coffee - full-body shots of Lana in shorts & halter top (one helluva beautiful dame) - and a wonderful "love me or leave me" scene in the Pacific Ocean, where Lana tests the love of the only man she has ever loved. According to legend, the title of this short James M. Cain novella had no relevance in the book. Not so in the movie. Find out for yourself why the postman always rings twice and why this is one of the greatest movies ever made.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Alfredo on June 25, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
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At the beginning of the movie, when Frank (excellent John Garfield)arrives to the lonely gas station, a sign makes explicit the movie plot: "Man Wanted". Cora (Lana Turner) needs desperately a man to satisfy her and kill her husband.
This is a criminal drama marked by destiny, thanks to James Cain, and exasperated by Niven Busch, greek tragedy and alarm signs lover: Cora first appears with a blindy white dress, and Frank's hamburger is burning. And, as it must be, a black cat starts the fatality of treason.
This movie is EXCELLENT, undoubtly the best NOIR there's ever been. John Garfield, before being accused of being a communist by senator McArthy, gave life to Frank, a handsome tramp that gets a job at a gas station where a "man is wanted". Lana Turner steals the show performing Cora, the beautiful and dreadful wife of the gas station owner, Cecil Kellaway. This is Tay Garnett's best work, and the cinematography is perfect for a movie that it's literally creepy, dark, desperate and lusty.
Definitely in myy Top 10 of all time. A TIMELESS CLASSIC!!!!
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