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James M. Cain (1892–1977)

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Mystery writer James Mallahan Cain was born in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1892. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Washington College, and served in the military as editor-in-chief of the official newspaper of the 79th Division, American Expeditionary Forces. Cain worked as a staff reporter for the vis mere Baltimore Sun; he became a professor of journalism in the 1920s; he worked as a Hollywood screenwriter in the 1930s and 40s. Many of his stories, including Double Indemnity (1943), have been made into successful films. Joan Crawford won an Academy Award in 1945 for her portrayal of Cain's Mildred Pierce (1941). Cain's first novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934), was said to have inspired Albert Camus' The Stranger, but offended sensibilities in the U.S. and was even tried for obscenity in Boston. The novel was eventually made into a movie in 1946, starring Lana Turner and again in 1981, with Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange. In all, Cain authored eighteen books. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af James M. Cain

Postbudet ringer altid to gange (1934) 3,388 eksemplarer
Double Indemnity (1936) 1,909 eksemplarer
Mildred Pierce (1941) — Forfatter — 1,195 eksemplarer
Serenade (1937) 340 eksemplarer
The Cocktail Waitress (2012) 311 eksemplarer
Sommerfuglen (1642) 174 eksemplarer
Love's Lovely Counterfeit (1942) 161 eksemplarer
Out of the Past [1947 film] (1947) — Writer — 91 eksemplarer
The Postman Always Rings Twice [1946 film] (1946) — Forfatter — 91 eksemplarer
The Root of His Evil (1951) 87 eksemplarer
Tre Kvinder (1943) 86 eksemplarer
Past All Dishonor (1946) 84 eksemplarer
Jealous Woman (1950) 67 eksemplarer
The Moth (1948) 61 eksemplarer
Rapsodi i blodrødt (1948) 54 eksemplarer
Cloud Nine (1709) 53 eksemplarer
Mignon (1953) 52 eksemplarer
Galatea (1953) 51 eksemplarer
The Magician's Wife (1965) 50 eksemplarer
The Complete Crime Stories (2015) 48 eksemplarer
Rainbow's End (1975) 45 eksemplarer
The Enchanted Isle (1985) 41 eksemplarer
The Embezzler (1938) 40 eksemplarer
Four Complete Novels (1934) 38 eksemplarer
Mildred Pierce [2011 TV mini-series] (2011) — Forfatter — 34 eksemplarer
The Institute (1976) 33 eksemplarer
Everybody Does it (1948) 8 eksemplarer
Tres novelas policíacas (2001) 8 eksemplarer
60 years of journalism (1985) 6 eksemplarer
Our Government (1930) 3 eksemplarer
American noir (2017) 3 eksemplarer
Nainen ilman omaatuntoa (2011) 2 eksemplarer
Three of Hearts (1949) 2 eksemplarer
Dans la peau (1969) 2 eksemplarer
A Bad Woman (2015) 2 eksemplarer
Tredje gången gillt 2 eksemplarer
Pastorale 2 eksemplarer
Carrera en Do mayor 1 eksemplar
The Crystal Battery 1 eksemplar
Dette de coeur (1983) 1 eksemplar
Cain James 1 eksemplar
Le mécène (2000) 1 eksemplar
Der Defraudant 1 eksemplar
Paradise 1 eksemplar
Dead Man (Short Story) (2021) 1 eksemplar
Ingen titel 1 eksemplar
HLa Ifiamma del peccato (1991) 1 eksemplar
Black Lizard 1 eksemplar
Retour de flamme (1986) 1 eksemplar
The Robbery 1 eksemplar
Au bout de l'arc-en-ciel (1981) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1930s and 40s (1997) — Bidragyder — 630 eksemplarer
The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps (2007) — Bidragyder — 528 eksemplarer
The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century (2000) — Bidragyder — 445 eksemplarer
The Best American Noir of the Century (2010) — Bidragyder — 347 eksemplarer
A Subtreasury of American Humor (1941) — Bidragyder — 274 eksemplarer
The Mammoth Book of Pulp Fiction (1996) — Bidragyder — 233 eksemplarer
Hard-Boiled: An Anthology of American Crime Stories (1995) — Bidragyder — 181 eksemplarer
A Century of Great Suspense Stories (2001) — Bidragyder — 154 eksemplarer
The Oxford Book of Villains (1992) — Bidragyder — 134 eksemplarer
Mildred Pierce [1945 film] (1945) — Forfatter — 123 eksemplarer
The Best American Humorous Short Stories (1945) — Bidragyder — 82 eksemplarer
A Century of Noir: Thirty-two Classic Crime Stories (2002) — Bidragyder — 79 eksemplarer
Ross Macdonald Selects Great Stories of Suspense (1974) — Bidragyder — 69 eksemplarer
20 Stories Pulp Fictions (1996) — Bidragyder — 69 eksemplarer
14 Suspense Stories to Play Russian Roulette By (1945) — Bidragyder — 55 eksemplarer
The Bedside Tales: A Gay Collection (1945) — Bidragyder — 43 eksemplarer
Los Angeles Noir 2: The Classics (2010) — Bidragyder — 41 eksemplarer
The Vintage Book of Classic Crime (1993) — Bidragyder — 33 eksemplarer
Midnight Specials (1977) — Bidragyder — 33 eksemplarer
Ossessione [1943 film] (1942) — Based on a novel by — 23 eksemplarer
Half-a-Hundred Stories for Men, Great Tales by American Writers (1945) — Bidragyder — 15 eksemplarer
Continent's End: A Collection of California Writing (1944) — Bidragyder — 12 eksemplarer
Tales for Males (1945) — Bidragyder — 10 eksemplarer
Great Stories of Mystery and Suspense 1977 Volumes 1 & 2 (1977) — Bidragyder — 9 eksemplarer
Mystery in the Mainstream: An Anthology of Literary Crimes (1986) — Bidragyder — 9 eksemplarer
My Favorite Suspense Stories (1968) — Bidragyder — 8 eksemplarer
Murder for the Millions (1946) — Bidragyder — 7 eksemplarer
American Crime Stories (1991) — Bidragyder — 5 eksemplarer
The Culture of Violence (2002) 5 eksemplarer
Slightly Scarlet [1956 film] (1956) — Original novel — 3 eksemplarer
Alfred Hitchcock's Fireside Book of Suspense — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer
Great Tales of the Far West (1956) — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer
Great Stories of Mystery and Suspense 1977 Volume 2 (1977)nogle udgaver2 eksemplarer
150 anni in Giallo (1989) — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer
Mens vi taler om djævelen .... : 19 gys (1977) — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer
The Ethnic Image in Modern American Literature, 1900-1950 (1984) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar
Appendici in giallo 1 (racconti) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar

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Lana Turner and John Garfield hunger for something more in Tay Garnett’s glossy soap opera noir, The Postman Always Rings Twice. Based on James M. Cain’s lusty potboiler, Turner is fantastic as the manipulative yet vulnerable Cora Smith, with Garfield matching her as the drifter who can't get Cora or her dreams out of his blood. Turner is like a white creme, icy cold on the surface but burning hot and deep with desire underneath.

Cora is a girl aware of her looks and the effect she has on men. Since she was 14 she’s had to argue with men about it. But she didn't have to argue with Nick Smith (Cecil Kellaway), a much older man Cora marries for security, not love. When drifter Frank Chambers (Grafield) shows up to fill the Help Wanted sign at the Twin Oaks Diner the mismatched couple run together, Cora discovers she can’t live without love or passion.

Cora is a smouldering vision in white when Frank first sees her, a room full of gas that only needs a single spark to ignite it. Frank knows he can sell anything to anybody and begins to fan the flames when he talks Nick into getting a neon sign for the diner Cora wants the place to be. She tries in her own way to resist what is going to happen between she and Frank, but deep down knows that all the things she married Nick for and clings to are the things she really wants with Frank.

Cora lets him kiss her once then keeps Frank at a distance, working him into a frenzy of desire. A midnight swim seals their fate, the gas now ignited and burning out of control. By the time love is involved, Frank knows nothing can stand in the way of Cora’s dreams.

Garfield is excellent here as a guy who knows he’s signed on for a one way ride to nowhere but can’t help himself. There is a tricky D.A. (Leon Ames) onto them after a botched attempt to live out Cora’s dreams fails. Hume Cronyn is terrific as a crafty defense attorney who throws a monkey wrench into things, but an insurance policy, jealousy, and blackmail gone awry bring them back to the beach, and memories of that swim. Maybe they can even atone for their scenes, unless Fate has other plans…

Turner gives an icy hot performance here, with many long takes between she and Garfield as they are drawn to each other like moths to a flame. Much is made of director Tay Garnett framing Turner in sexy white outfits throughout the film. In her best scene, however, and the one in which she is the most strikingly beautiful, she is dressed in a black bathrobe. She is in the kitchen at the time, caressing a knife and agonizing over her dreams and what needs to be done to make them come true. When Frank walks in on her, her voice catches, her reluctance to follow through real. She tells Garfield in a quivering voice: "If you really loved me…”

Whereas Wilder’s Double Indemnity was a dark noir of twisted passion and greed set in Claifornia, Garnett’s The Postman Always Rings Twice uses the bright sunshine and beaches of Los Angeles County in the 1940s to create a soap opera noir, with the shining blonde Turner and a reluctant drifter Garfield at its center. A good glossy noir.
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Matt_Ransom | 124 andre anmeldelser | Nov 24, 2023 |
Spoiler: there's no postman. Spoiler spoiler: its not a spoiler
emmby | 124 andre anmeldelser | Oct 4, 2023 |
You can call this pulp if you want to, but I assure you, it's much more than that. Although I wouldn't call it great literature, it still has plenty of literary merit. After my first Cain novel, [b:The Postman Always Rings Twice|25807|The Postman Always Rings Twice|James M. Cain|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1344265267l/25807._SY75_.jpg|808562] which I hated, I'm not sure why I picked up this one, but I'm glad I did. The characterization and believable dialogue, totally absent in "Postman", is superb here. Even though it slowed in the Operatic sections, it still held my interest because Cain's passion for the music transferred to me. The church scene was original and awesome. I'd read it again just for that.… (mere)
MickeyMole | 4 andre anmeldelser | Oct 2, 2023 |
Perhaps if you read this when it came out in 1934, you may have thought it was the cat's meow, but now in 2021, with so much better noir-type fiction behind us, this book is just blah. One interviewer wrote that it seems that a 8th grader wrote it. That's what I kept thinking as I plodded through the terrible, unbelievable dialogue. This stuff makes Mickey Spillane look like Shakespeare. The characters are one-dimensional and unredeemable. The only character I half-way liked was killed off early, and those that remained were "total skunks"--that's eighth grade description for worthless human debris.… (mere)
MickeyMole | 124 andre anmeldelser | Oct 2, 2023 |


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