The Postman Rings Yet Again

  • Audun EngelstadEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture book series (PSADVC)


Few authors have had such a strong and enduring influence on film noir as James M. Cain. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1936) is probably one of the most frequently adapted novels, with French, Italian, and American versions as the most prominent. Lesser known is the Norwegian reworking of Cain, with the film Døden er et kjærtegn/Death is a Caress, made by Edith Carlmar (director) and Otto Carlmar (producer) in 1949. This article will demonstrate the close resemblance between Death is a Caress and Tay Garnet’s adaptation of The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946). In doing so, the article will provide an understanding of how a genre like film noir might travel from one continent to another, and the remolding that takes place in that process.


Existentialism Thematic transposition Nested textual relationship Confessional flashback Classic film noir 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Audio-Visual Media and Creative TechnologiesInland Norway University of Applied SciencesElverumNorway

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