Postman Always Rings Twice, The (1946) Warner Bros. Directed by Tay Garnett. Starring John Garfield and Lana Turner. 113 mins.
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) and his young wife Cora (Lana Turner). Cora takes an immediate liking to Frank, but he senses that she's trouble and he keeps his distance...for a while, anyway.