The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

Director
Tay Garnett

Main cast
Lana Turner; John Garfield; Cecil Kellaway; Hume Cronyn; Leon Ames

Genres
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Description
Illicit lovers plot to kill the woman's older husband.


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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. T-Men is a semidocumentary style 1947 film noir shot in black-and-white. The film was directed by Anthony Mann with cinematography by noted noir cameraman John Alton. The B-movie is featured in Visions Of Light: The Art Of Cinematography (1992) documentary for the drama's use of lighting. Description above from the Wikipedia article T-Men, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.
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