Friday, December 26, 2008

Two Kinds of Noir Heat

American posters for The Postman Always Rings Twice weren't as revealing as this French rendering, but if they were, the film may have set some box-office records just based on the artwork's sex appeal! Postman has some pretty hot stuff in it, with Lana Turner's white shorts and headwrap outfit doing a number on generations of men since the movie's release in 1946.

Pure as the Driven Snow: Lana Turner in "The Postman Always Rings Twice."

This Italian poster for 1953's The Big Heat burns for an entirely different reason. Evil incarnate Lee Marvin looks like he's rising from the fires of Hell. The pot of scalding coffee Marvin's character ended up wearing was just about as hot; ask Gloria Grahame...The movie's brutality stayed with me for days after I first saw it.


  1. Good blogging and merry after Christmas!

  2. The Italian poster for "The Big Heat" was really unusual and way ahead of its time.

    I have always found the Garfield/Turner version of "The Postman Always Rings Twice" more erotic than the Nicholson/Lange version despite the kitchen table scene. I'm sure it had to do with Turner who looked incredible. Never much of an actress however, she was perfect for the role.


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