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* KarmaHoudini: Played with, [[spoiler:then averted for both Cora and Frank.]]

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* {{Blackmail}}: Kennedy, who works for Katz, attempts this with Frank and Cora. He is not successful.


Its most famous adaptation was the [[Film/ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice1946 1946 film noir]], which was [[Film/ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice1981 remade in 1981]]. There was also an Italian adaptation, ''Film/{{Ossessione}}'', which actually was the first, being made in 1943 DuringTheWar.[[note]]With a war on, the producers didn't bother to get the rights to Cain's novel, so ''Ossessione'' wasn't shown in the United States until 1976.

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Its most famous adaptation was the [[Film/ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice1946 1946 film noir]], which was [[Film/ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice1981 remade in 1981]]. There was also an Italian adaptation, ''Film/{{Ossessione}}'', which actually was the first, being made in 1943 DuringTheWar.[[note]]With a war on, the producers didn't bother to get the rights to Cain's novel, so ''Ossessione'' wasn't shown in the United States until 1976.
1976.[[/note]]



-->"He used to be a dick, but he's not a dick anymore."

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-->"He used to be a dick, but he's not a dick anymore.""[[note]]"Dick" is period slang for "detective".[[/note]]


Its most famous adaptation was the [[{{Film/ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice1946}} 1946 film noir]], which was [[{{Film/ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice1981}} remade in 1981]]. There was also an Italian adaptation, ''Film/{{Ossessione}}'', which actually was the first, being made in 1943 DuringTheWar.[[note]]With a war on, the producers didn't bother to get the rights to Cain's novel, so ''Ossessione'' wasn't shown in the United States until 1976.

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Its most famous adaptation was the [[{{Film/ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice1946}} [[Film/ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice1946 1946 film noir]], which was [[{{Film/ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice1981}} [[Film/ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice1981 remade in 1981]]. There was also an Italian adaptation, ''Film/{{Ossessione}}'', which actually was the first, being made in 1943 DuringTheWar.[[note]]With a war on, the producers didn't bother to get the rights to Cain's novel, so ''Ossessione'' wasn't shown in the United States until 1976.



-->"He used to be a dick, but he's not a dick anymore."[[note]]"Dick" here means "detective".[[/note]]

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-->"He used to be a dick, but he's not a dick anymore."[[note]]"Dick" here means "detective".[[/note]]"


Its most famous adaptation was the [[{{Film/ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice1946}} 1946 film noir]], which was [[{{Film/ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice1981}} remade in 1981]]. There was also an Italian adaptation, ''Film/{{Ossessione}}'', which actually was the first, being made in 1943 DuringTheWar.

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Its most famous adaptation was the [[{{Film/ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice1946}} 1946 film noir]], which was [[{{Film/ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice1981}} remade in 1981]]. There was also an Italian adaptation, ''Film/{{Ossessione}}'', which actually was the first, being made in 1943 DuringTheWar.
DuringTheWar.[[note]]With a war on, the producers didn't bother to get the rights to Cain's novel, so ''Ossessione'' wasn't shown in the United States until 1976.


* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: At the end, Frank says [[spoiler:that he wrote this down while on the death row, and if he's executed, his priest will try to find a way to publish it.]]
* [[LoveMakesYouEvil Love Makes You A Criminal]]


Its most famous adaptation was the [[{{Film/ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice1946}} 1946 film noir]], which was [[{{Film/ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice1981}} remade in 1981]].

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Its most famous adaptation was the [[{{Film/ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice1946}} 1946 film noir]], which was [[{{Film/ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice1981}} remade in 1981]]. There was also an Italian adaptation, ''Film/{{Ossessione}}'', which actually was the first, being made in 1943 DuringTheWar.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Of the [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_Snyder Snyder-Gray]] murder.


* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: Cora and Frank try to kill Nick like this twice; it works for the second time. [[spoiler:When Cora dies in a genuine car accident, Frank is accused of murdering her like this.]]

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* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: Cora and Frank try to kill Nick like this twice; it [[spoiler:it works for the second time. [[spoiler:When When Cora dies in a genuine car accident, Frank is accused of murdering her like this.]]



* WordSaladTitle: The postman never shows up and is not even alluded to. There's lots of speculation as to where the name comes from, but James M. Cain admits it was something of a non-sequitur. Wiki/TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Postman_Always_Rings_Twice_(novel)#Explanation_of_title several possible interpretations]].

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* WordSaladTitle: The postman never shows up and is not even alluded to. There's lots of speculation as to where the name comes from, but James M. Cain admits it was something of a non-sequitur.NonSequitur. Wiki/TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Postman_Always_Rings_Twice_(novel)#Explanation_of_title several possible interpretations]].


* AutoErotica: Early in a novel, Cora and Frank have sex in a car.
* BeigeProse

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* AutoErotica: Early in a the novel, Cora and Frank have sex in a car.
* BeigeProse
car.



* TheDrifter: Frank

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* TheDrifter: FrankFrank. We're first introduced to him bumming a ride in the back of someone's truck without their knowing, and he apparently has lived in (and been arrested in) multiple states at just 24 years old.



* HaveAGayOldTime: "He used to be a dick, but he's not a dick anymore."

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* HaveAGayOldTime: "He Comes up when Frank and Katz are discussing Kennedy:
-->"He
used to be a dick, but he's not a dick anymore.""[[note]]"Dick" here means "detective".[[/note]]


* WordSaladTitle: The postman never shows up and is not even alluded to. There's lots of speculation as to where the name comes from, but James M. Cain admits it was something of a non-sequitur. TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Postman_Always_Rings_Twice_(novel)#Explanation_of_title several possible interpretations]].

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* WordSaladTitle: The postman never shows up and is not even alluded to. There's lots of speculation as to where the name comes from, but James M. Cain admits it was something of a non-sequitur. TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Postman_Always_Rings_Twice_(novel)#Explanation_of_title several possible interpretations]].


* DeathByIrony[=/=]KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Cora is killed in a car accident, the same way that they managed to kill Nick. Frank got away with a crime he did commit - killing Nick - but he's sentenced to death for one he did not - Cora's death really was an accident.]]

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* DeathByIrony[=/=]KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Cora is killed in a car accident, the same way that they managed to kill Nick. Frank got away with a crime he did commit - killing Nick - but he's sentenced to death for one he did not - not, as Cora's death really was an accident.]]


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* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: Cora and Frank try to kill Nick like this twice; it works for the second time. [[spoiler:When Cora dies in a genuine car accident, Frank is accused of murdering her like this.]]


* DeathByIrony[=/=]KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Cora is killed in a car accident, the same way that they managed to kill Nick.]]

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* DeathByIrony[=/=]KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Cora is killed in a car accident, the same way that they managed to kill Nick. Frank got away with a crime he did commit - killing Nick - but he's sentenced to death for one he did not - Cora's death really was an accident.]]


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