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Second Chance (1947)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 18 July 1947 (USA)
Joan Summers (Louise Currie) enters the office of jewel merchant Montclaire (Francis Pierlot) closely followed by Kendal Wolf (Kent Taylor). Each recognizes the other to be a jewel thief, ... See full summary »


(as James S. Tinling)


(screenplay), (original story) (as Louis Breslow) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Roger Elwood
Det. Sgt. Sharpe (as Larry Blake)
Doris Greene
John Eldredge ...
Conrad Martyn
William Newell ...
Guy Kingsford ...
Charles Flynn ...
Eddie Fetherston ...
Francis Pierlot ...
J.L. Montclaire
Mrs. Davenport
Mr. Davenport
Barker (as Michael Branden)


Joan Summers (Louise Currie) enters the office of jewel merchant Montclaire (Francis Pierlot) closely followed by Kendal Wolf (Kent Taylor). Each recognizes the other to be a jewel thief, and wordlessly they team together to steal a $30,000 diamond. Searched and questioned when the gem is missed, they are released....with the gem. Detective Sharpe (Larry Blake) is still suspicious and so is the head of Jeweler's Indemnity, who puts two underworld men on to retrieve the diamond. Kendal agrees to meet the two but the police are tipped and Sharpe confiscates the gem and the fence's money. Again Kendal and Joan are released, but each suspects the other of being an informer despite a growing romantic attachment. Kendal and Joan attend an exhibition of the Malabar diamonds, leave to follow a diamond-lade guest, overtake her car, shoot the chauffeur and slug the woman. At Kendal's apartment, Joan makes it clear that robbery, not murder, is her game. Two men and the robbed couple arrive and ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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18 July 1947 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Kent Taylor and Louise Currie in jewel thief shenanigans
15 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like "Sealed Lips" (1942) that I watched the same night, "Second Chance" (1947) is a little crime story, usually placed loosely into the film noir category. This one was a 20th Century Fox release that was produced by Sol M. Wurtzel. His name on a product is pretty much a guarantee of a second feature with some merit to it that's easy to watch. Like "Sealed Lips", it hasn't been released to DVD, and again that's too bad. These movies are quite good.

Kent Taylor can carry a movie. He's always watchable. Here he appears without the mustache. The female lead is Louise Currie, whom I do not recollect from the few of her other movies I've seen. Her part calls for a degree of toughness at times, ambiguity, and enough femininity to attract Taylor. She fills the bill. The supporting cast includes Larry Blake, not a household name. In his long career (257 credits), he frequently played cops and quite often went uncredited. He has a certain presence, a serious look, a grimace, big shoulders, a stare and an authority that add to a film, even when he has few lines. Three other well-known character actors lift this film, and they are Dennis Hoey, John Eldredge and Paul Guilfoyle.

The actual story here is more noir than "Sealed Lips". It revolves around jewel thievery. It's best not to know the plot beforehand. But if you are curious, the IMDb storyline is quite complete.

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