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14 things you don't know about James M. Cain

14 things you don't know about James M. Cain

Today is James M. Cain's birthday; the titan of noir writing was born July 1, 1892. The longtime writer is best known for three books that were made into now-classic films: "The Postman Always Rings Twice," "Mildren Pierce" and  "Double Indemnity."

Born and raised on the East Coast and trained as a journalist, Cain moved to Los Angeles in the 1930s, around the time his first book was published. He returned to the East Coast about 15 years later, but it was in Los Angeles, a place he had conflicting feelings about, that Cain had his greatest success.

To celebrate his birthday, here are 14 things you probably didn't know about him: