James M. Cain


01 Jul 1892


Annapolis, Maryland, USA


James Mallahan Cain


James M. Cain was a 'Film Noir' author. His father was a professor, and president, of 'Washington College'. His mother was an opera singer in Maryland.

James graduated from the same college in 1910, and became a writer for 'Baltimore American', then 'Baltimore Sun' [still being published] by 1914. He was drafted in 1916, and spent 1918 in France as a writer for the 'Army Times'. When released, he did writing for various publications, and by 1934, his first novel,"The Postman Always Rings Twice", was published. Of Course, a very popular movie in 1946.

With adaptations of his novels[credit only as 'story contributor'],he was much in demand in the 40's in the 'Film Noir' category. But, in 1946, he formed a 'Cain Plan' ["American Authors' Authority"]whereby The writers would have authority of copyrights, and be the representative for them in negotiations with the movie producers and court disputes. Resembling 'S.A.G.', it was opposed by an org. called, "The American Writers' Assoc.". There was a debate carried on in the 'Saturday Review'.

He was married 4 times.

Writer ( 30 credits )

Swing My Swing High, My Darling (2004) (novel "The Postman Always Rings Twice") (uncredited)
Szenvedély (1998) (novel "The Postman Always Rings Twice")
Girl in the Cadillac (1995) (novel "The Enchanted Isle")
Butterfly (1982) (novel)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) (novel)
Interlude (1968) (1957 screenplay) (uncredited)
Kraft Mystery Theater (1959) (unknown episodes)
Interlude (1957)
Serenade (1956)
Slightly Scarlet (1956) (novel "Love's Lovely Counterfeit")
ITV Play of the Week (1955) (1 episode, 1960)
Teledrama (1955) (1 episode, 1957)
Lux Video Theatre (1950) (2 episodes, 1954-1956)
Everybody Does It (1949) (story "Two Can Sing")
Out of the Past (1947) (novel "Build My Gallows High") (as Geoffrey Homes)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
Mildred Pierce (1945)
Gypsy Wildcat (1944) (screenplay)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Ossessione (1943)
The Shanghai Gesture (1941)
Money and the Woman (1940) (story "The Embezzler")
When Tomorrow Comes (1939) (story "A Modern Cinderella")
Le dernier tournant (1939) (novel "The Postman Always Rings Twice") &
Wife, Husband and Friend (1939)
Stand Up and Fight (1939) (screen play) &
Algiers (1938)
Blockade (1938) (additional dialogue)
They Gave Him a Gun (1937) (uncredited)
She Made Her Bed (1934) (story "The Baby in the Ice-Box")