Tag Archive: James M. Cain

Oct 07

Episode 50: Double Indemnity

Double IndemnityFINALLY, it’s here! For episode 50, former co-host Windy returns to the podcast for an episode about Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because we dive right into the plot. The film is readily available on streaming with a subscription to FilmStruck, and is available for rental on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu.

Please also join us again on October 21st, when return with an episode about Body Heat!

Double Indemnity (1944)
Double Indemnity poster Rating: 8.3/10 (123,777 votes)
Director: Billy Wilder
Writer: Billy Wilder (screenplay), Raymond Chandler (screenplay), James M. Cain (from the novel by)
Stars: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Porter Hall
Runtime: 107 min
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller
Released: 06 Jul 1944
Plot: An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses the suspicion of an insurance investigator.

Aug 07

Episode 6: Mildred Pierce

Mildred PierceWe’re back with more Joan Crawford, because in this episode, we discuss her Oscar-winning performance in Mildred Pierce!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because we spoil the hell out of it. The film can be currently be found for streaming rental on Google Play, iTunes, Amazon, and Vudu, and Netflix has it on DVD if you still have their disc program.

Our next episode will be our first foray into the world of Humphrey Bogart: Key Largo! Look for it on August 21st!

Mildred Pierce (1945)
Mildred Pierce poster Rating: 8.0/10 (19,706 votes)
Director: Michael Curtiz
Writer: Ranald MacDougall (screenplay), James M. Cain (novel)
Stars: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden
Runtime: 111 min
Rated: Passed
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery, Romance
Released: 20 Oct 1945
Plot: A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter.

Jun 21

Episode 3: The Postman Always Rings Twice

The Postman Always Rings TwiceIn this episode, we discuss the steamy Postman Always Rings Twice! This is the movie that brought Lana Turner’s legs into Hollywood legend, and if that’s not enough to sell you on this film, I’ll add that it also contains prime Hume Cronyn.

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because we get really detailed about the plot and because you really should experience this great film. It can easily be obtained on DVD, but if you’re the streaming video type, you’ll also find that it’s currently available for rental on iTunes.

Our next episode will be about the 1945 Otto Preminger film, Fallen Angel! Look for it on July 7th.

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
The Postman Always Rings Twice poster Rating: 7.5/10 (15,762 votes)
Director: Tay Garnett
Writer: Harry Ruskin (screen play), Niven Busch (screen play), James M. Cain (based on the novel by)
Stars: Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn
Runtime: 113 min
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Released: 14 Oct 1946
Plot: A married woman and a drifter fall in love, then plot to murder her husband. Once the deed is done, they must live with the consequences of their actions.