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The Postman Always Rings Twice

Posted by martinteller on September 20, 2009

The original, not the Jack Nicholson remake.  I’ve watched a lot of noir by now, but somehow kept skipping this one for a long time.  I’ve seen it compared to Double Indemnity (also written by James M. Cain) a lot.  There are some similarities, but there are plenty of differences too.  For instance, the quality of the script.  It’s a reasonably engaging story, but the dialogue lacks pizzazz.  The direction also seems flat, especially in comparison to Wilder’s work.  And the leads aren’t that great, either.  John Garfield isn’t a guy you root for like Fred Macmurray, and Lana Turner isn’t a gal you secretly root for like Barbara Stanwyck.  But it’s a solid noir picture, with a particularly notable supporting performance from Hume Cronyn as the sleazy attorney.  Rating: 7


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