The Postman Always Rings Twice

This is a movie from 1946, based on the 1934 novel.  I watched it the other day, as we seem to be getting some extra movie channels.  The film follows the classic plot line of boy meets girl, girl is already married, they both conspire to kill her husband.  The man happens upon a diner and gets a job there, falling in love with the owner’s beautiful wife.

The husband in question is rather old and stupid.  He is oblivious to what his wife wants in their relationship and doesn’t seem to realize that she may be unhappy and possibly drift elsewhere for attention.  One might think you’d feel sorry for the unsuspecting husband. But throughout the movie I couldn’t help but think “you’re so dumb, you deserve to die”.  His wife tries to love him and make things work but his stupidity is ultimately why their marriage is failing.

An example of his stupidity is when his wife goes to the beach and instead of going with her, he lets the man who’s falling in love with her go instead.  At one point the wife is explaining to this man why she married her husband in the first place, but it doesn’t really make sense.  Something about her having to fight off many men who wanted to be with her and so she accepted his marriage proposal to avoid all that.  And that she tried to grow to love him but that clearly didn’t work out, seeing as him being stupid is more of a problem than him being unattractive.

I spent this entire movie waiting for the postman.  I thought it would be some key point in the movie, where the postman ringing the doorbell would be of some significance, a major turning point in the plot.  I waited and waited.  Spoiler alert, there is no postman.  It’s a metaphor.  Not even a great metaphor really.  But yeah.  They really should’ve called it The Postman Never Shows Up, or There Is No Postman.  That would’ve been less misleading.

Despite my disappointment upon the realization that there was no postman, I did enjoy the film.  I think it’s been deleted off my PVR now, to allow room for more random movies and shows which we do not have time to watch at the times they are on.  But that’s okay.  I liked it, but I think I only need to watch The Postman Always Rings Twice, once.


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