"Well, so long mister, thanks for the ride, the three cigarettes, and for not laughing at my theories on life."
- Frank Chambers (John Garfield) to driver
"Parking by a fire hydrant'll get you 20 years in jail."
- District Attorney to Frank (John Garfield)
Total Film - 03/01/2000
"...One of the steamiest crime tales ever made..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
USA Today - 01/16/2004
"Turner has one of the best screen entrances in history; Garfield literally reels."
Sight and Sound - 07/01/2004
"Lana Turner's Cora is all fire and ice, while John Garfield's Frank takes a sweaty, convincing journey from besotted suitor to wary partner in crime."
Description by OLDIES.com:
The sign outside the roadside diner says "Man Wanted." Drifter Frank Chambers knows the sign has more than one meaning when he eyes pouty, luminous Cora, the much-younger bride of the diner's proprietor.
Based on the same-titled novel by James M. Cain (Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce), this quintessential film-noir classic combines studio-system gloss with Cain's hard-bitten tale of murderous attractions. John Garfield and Lana Turner give career-benchmark performances as Frank and Cora, illicit lovers who botch a first attempt to bump off Cora's hubby, pull it off, betray each other at trial and yet wriggle free. But their volatile tale does not end there. As the film's metaphorical title indicates, fate is sure to ring again.
The sexual chemistry between a drifter and a waitress at a roadside cafe is so intense that they will do anything to be together - even if it means killing the woman's husband.
Set during the Depression, this story concerns an older man and his attractive young wife, who take on drifter Frank Chambers as an employee at their roadside cafe. Cora, the unhappy wife, is searching for a way out of her drab day-to-day existence. Soon she and Frank develop lustful feelings for each other, and their passions grow until they plan a new life together -- a new life that begins with her husband's murder.
Before production, acotr John Garfield went into the army, so the film's director tested Cameron Mitchell for the lead. But Garfield was released from military service because of a heart condition, and, in the end, he took the role.
Film debut for actor Cameron Grant.
The erotic scenes in the film had to be toned down to comply with the standards of the Hays Office. Even this sanitized version was considered shocking by some at the time.