POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, THE (1946) Lana Turner in black


Vintage original 8 x 10” (20 x 25cm.) black and white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA   Lana Turner, John Garfield, Leon Ames, Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn, dir: Tay Garnett; MGM Scene still coded 1355-49 from the noir drama based on the James M. Cain novel.

The story of an unhappily married woman, who, with a drifter,  plans and carries out the murder of her husband, is one of the best remembered, most atmospheric and sexually tense films (even within the restraints of the production code) of this period genre. It took 12 years to bring the notorious James M. Cain novel to the screen because of the code restrictions. So stringent were they that every page of every script draft was scrutinized by the Breen office. Once filmed bit of footage and, each and every still photo was submitted for approval.  There were no objections to this image of the scene, where Lana Turner as Cora wears mourning black in contrast to her all-white wardrobe throughout the rest of the film. There is writing in grease pencil on the verso but it does not bleed through. Minor edge wear.  ABOUT FINE.

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