DVD review from The Movie Snob
The Postman Always Rings Twice (D). This is the 1946 original, not the 1981 remake starring Jack Nicholson (Wolf) and Jessica Lange (King Kong). I guess it’s considered a classic of film noir, but I just didn’t buy it. Lana Turner (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) is a gorgeous blond femme fatale. She plays Cora Smith, a woman trapped in a loveless marriage to a man who is much, much older than she is and a doofus to boot. A drifter blows into their roadside gas station/restaurant and takes a job there. Forbidden passion flames between the drifter and Cora, and they hatch a scheme to take hubby out of the picture–permanently. But things don’t go according to plan, and things spiral out of control. This movie just didn’t work for me, especially the ending, but it’s almost worth watching just for the lovely Lana Turner. Almost.