The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934). Film noir based on the novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain. Cast: Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn, Leon Ames, and Audrey Totter. Directed by Tay Garnett. Score written by George Bassman and Erich Zeisl.
Being a huge Lana Turner fan, I have always loved the film The Postman Always Rings Twice". Based on the novel by James M. Cain. Frank Chambers (John Garfield) tells us his story in narration. Frank was a drifter hitchhiking to no particular destination.
But Nick and Cora's mutual attraction is more than they can resist and they begin an affair. Cora, is unwilling to run off with a drifter who wants her to take care of his invalid sister. So, the two lovers plan the murder of her husband so they can take over the diner and live happily ever after, but do they?
I never did think that Lana's character was in love with Garfield's character, it all happened too fast. She was like a spider waiting for someone to come along to kill her husband.
What I did like about the film.. Something, was always happening, First.. they get caught doing the murder. Then after, the trial, just when you think the movie's over, a new plot with it's twists and turns and double crosses, turn up...
Said to be Lana Turner's favorite role.
Contrast to Lana playing evil character, Lana wears white throughout the film.
Finding he could get only gangster bit parts, he got discouraged and returned to Australia. Then William Wyler called and offered him a part in the film, Wuthering Heights (1939) and things began to turn around for him.