James M Cain

Novelist, Screenwriter, Reporter
Though he disavowed any association with the hardboiled or noir style of writing, author James M. Cain was one of its leading architects. His best novels, which included iThe Postman Always Rings Twice/i, iMildred ... Read more »
Born: 07/01/1892 in Annapolis, Maryland, USA

Filmography

Writer (13)

Mildred Pierce 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Source Material

Girl in the Cadillac 1994 (Movie)

("The Enchanted Isle") (Source Material (from novel))

Butterfly 1981 (Movie)

("The Butterfly") (Source Material (from novel))

The Postman Always Rings Twice 1981 (Movie)

("The Postman Always Rings Twice") (Source Material (from novel))

Double Indemnity 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

Serenade 1956 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

The Postman Always Rings Twice 1946 (Movie)

("The Postman Always Rings Twice") (Source Material (from novel))

Mildred Pierce 1945 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

Double Indemnity 1944 (Movie)

("Double Indemnity") (Source Material (from novel))

When Tomorrow Comes 1938 (Movie)

(From Story)

Everybody Does It (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Gypsy Wildcat (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Slightly Scarlet (Movie)

(Book Author)

Biography

Though he disavowed any association with the hardboiled or noir style of writing, author James M. Cain was one of its leading architects. His best novels, which included <i>The Postman Always Rings Twice</i>, <i>Mildred Pierce</i> and <i>Double Indemnity</i>, helped to establish the tenets of the style in both novel and film form through stories of outsiders and misfits whose interactions with each other, spurred largely through sex or greed, ultimately lead to their destruction. Cain's lean prose, which was fraught with lust and violence, became a favorite source for Hollywood noir, and some of the best films of the genre were based on his work, including the 1946 version of "Postman," Billy Wilder's "Double Indemnity" (1944), and 1945's "Mildred Pierce" with Joan Crawford. Cain continued to publish well into the 1970s, though his subsequent novels lacked the blood and fire of his best titles, which kept him in print for decades after their release, and ensured his place among the great thriller writers of the 20th century.

Relationships

James Cain

Father
born 1860 graduated Yale 1884 superintendent of St. John's Prep school died 1938

Rose Cain

Mother
died 1958

Edward Cain

Brother
killed in action in WWI

Genevieve Cain

Sister
died 1958

Rosalie Cain

Sister
died c. 1977

Virginia Cain

Sister
died 1958

Mary Clough

Wife
married January 17, 1920 divorced 1927 born 1891 died 1951

Kate Cummings

Companion
mother of actor Constance Cummings together c. 1941-43

Florence Macbeth

Wife
married 1947 until her death in 1966 born 1891 suffered nervous breakdown when first husband died in 1942

Aileen Pringle

Wife
married July 1944 divorced 1947 born 1895, died 1989

Elina Tyszecka

Wife
married July 2, 1927 divorced 1943 Finnish had two children from first marriage

Leo Tyszecka

Step-Son
mother Elina Tyszecka

Henrietta Tyszecka

Step-Daughter
mother Elina Tyszecka

EDUCATION

Washington College

Chestertown, Maryland 1910
Chestertown, Maryland

Milestones

1943

First hit adaptation, "Double Indemnity."

1939

First credit as screenwriter, "Stand Up and Fight"

1934

First screen credit, when his novel "Baby in the Icebox" was adapted for the screen as "She Made Her Bed."

1931

Left newspaper work to begin writing novels

1928

First short story, "Pastorale," published in AMERICAN MERCURY magazine

1918

Enlisted in Army, served in France

1918

Held first writing job for Baltimore American

1909

Edited "Pegasus," his college yearbook

Bonus Trivia

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From 1925 through his death, Cain wrote many short pieces (both fiction and non-fiction) for such magazines and newspapers as American Mercury, Liberty, Esquire, The Saturday Evening Post and The Washington Post.

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