I liked [director Tay] Garnett too. He was trying to get me to do Postman Always Rings Twice, but I turned it down. You know why? I've always had a a feeling of responsibility towards the image that I'm creating, and if I'm moving in with Lana Turner and going to bump off her husband, then this isn't the image I want. I wanted The Virginian, I wanted Union Pacific, I wanted to be the guy who rode off in to the sunset, 'right' over 'evil,' I always felt that. It wasn't the money. I never turned a thing down because of the money.
Kobal, John. People Will Talk. New York: Knopf, 1985: 301.