First Look: The Dark Pages’ Annual Giant Issue


Hot off the presses is the new issue of the original publication for noir movie fans, and as a regular contributor I love to tell you what’s in it: 

The Dark Pages’ annual extravaganzas are big deals and every year they just get bigger and better. This time it’s all about The Postman Always Rings Twice. Many fantastic contributors look at the movie, its sources, players and makers, with articles on:

  • the adaptation from James M. Cain’s novel
  • the fascinating courtroom scenes and ‘The Law’
  • the character of Cora’s husband Nick
  • the approach of mostly glam studio, MGM, to this ‘salacious’ material
  • a contrarian critique of the movie’s flaws
  • bio of John Garfield
  • Ossessione, Luchino Visconti’s fine 1943 Italian adaptation of Cain’s novel
  • actor Alan Reed, who’d go on to show biz immortality
  • MGM’s publicity and ad campaign
  • MGM’s uniquely glossy noir style in Postman and several other movies
  • a close look at Cora’s character
  • a visit to Lana Turner’s hometown
  • what Postman says about masculinity
  • the drama behind Postman’s costume design
  • composer George Bassman
  • cinematographer Sidney Wagner
  • screenwriter Niven Busch
  • actors Leon Ames and Cecil Kellaway
  • a huge roundup of Postman reviews from 1946
  • lots of behind the scenes pix, facts and trivia


Truly giant and full of great reading for any film noir fan, Dark Pages’ creator and editor Karen Hannsberry always makes sure of that.

Get yourself or the movie buff in your life the perfect Christmas gift with this special all-Postman issue, or order a full subscription:

Click here to visit The Dark Pages’ site to order paper or e-version.



4 thoughts on “First Look: The Dark Pages’ Annual Giant Issue”

  1. I’m with Caftan Woman — what a bunch of exciting articles to enjoy! Maybe next year I could join in the fun. I hope your Christmas and New Year were wonderful!

    1. That would be wonderful and you can always inquire (at the DP link) if you want to contribute anytime! I had a great holiday and hope you did too!


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