Widely regarded as one of the best film noir movies ever made (and probably
the film for which Garfield is best remembered today) "The Postman
Always Rings Twice" tells the story of handsome drifter Frank (Garfield)
who takes a job at a roadside cafe and falls under the spell of Cora (Lana
Turner) the discontented young wife of the owner (Cecil Kellaway).
Such is Frank's obsession with Cora that he goes along with her plan to do away with her husband.
Plotting a murder and living with guilty consciences (hubby is actually a nice guy, if a bit dense) take their toll and the illicit lovers begin to turn on each other - in the true film noir fashion of greed and betrayal.
The chemistry between Garfield and Turner fairly crackles - the movie steams with repressed sexuality; Lana's coldness is emphasized by her ice-white costumes, complemented perfectly by Garfield's dark, brooding looks.
The New York Times noted: "Garfield reflects the life of the crude and confused young hobo who stumbles helplessly into a fatal trap...."