The Postman Always Rings Twice
DIRECTOR: TAY GARNETT
CAST: LANA TURNER, JOHN GARFIELD, CECIL KELLAWAY, HUME CRONYN
Novelist Laura Lippman will introduce the film and sign copies of her novel Sunburn following the screening.
The Postman Always Rings Twice, James M. Cain’s 1934 tale of sadism-tinged lust, greed, and murder in California, got its essential adaptation here via Garnett’s sweat-soaked, atmospheric evocation of roadside America, featuring John Garfield as fall-guy drifter Frank Chambers and Lana Turner as the married truck stop hash-slinger with whom he begins to plot the perfect murder. You could cut the sexual tension between the stars with a knife, so you’d better believe MGM had a devil of a time slipping this one past the Production Code censors. Screening with a selection of classic noir trailers in 35mm.