James M. Cain’s novel The Postman Always Rings Twice has a long history of adaptations. In 1936, a production ran for 72 performances at the Lyceum Theatre, written by Cain and then staged by director Robert Sinclair. Cautiously, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer bought the film rights; because of the themes of adultery and murder within the story producers were hesitant to invest. However, the success of Cain’s novella Double Indemnity established an audience and appetite for such a story. These two novels--and their film adaptations--solidified the film noir genre.
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