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Sent to a dude ranch in the west to recover her health, a New York actress falls in love with a ranch owner recently acquitted of the murder of his wife.

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An actress Shelley Carnes (Ruth Roman), is looking forward to an exciting vacation at a dude ranch, but she gets more than she bargained for,including a perhaps murderous new husband. Only by shear luck has Richard Trevelyan (Richard Todd), her new husband, escaped execution for murdering his first wife Loraine. In a second trial, a single juror held out causing him to be released. A local priest, Father Paul (Rhys Williams), and other eyewitnesses paint a deadly picture to the future bride but the actual murder was not witnessed and somehow, unbelievably, love wins out. Because of local expectation, Shelley ends up at a competing dude ranch run by J.D. (Frank Conroy) and Myra Nolan (Kathryn Givney). The picture of Richard over their fireplace suggests a close relationship. They loan Shelley their car and direct her to go to Trevelyan's ranch. In route she meets Trevelyan on horseback, a handsome, but damaged, and mysterious young man. Upon arrival at the ranch she finds out the dude ... Written by Edward Kimble

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In the early morning hours following a late-night torrential downpour, the desert roads are already dry and dusty. See more »

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Zack? Where are you?
13 August 2002 | by (Out there in the dark) – See all my reviews

"Lightning Strikes Twice" is a pretty diverting minor noir with good performances from Ruth Roman (billed as the film's star) and Mercedes McCambridge (over the top, but that's how we like her, no?). Good support from Darryl Hickman, Kathryn Givney and Richard Todd.

There are several very noir-looking scenes, but I find the protag's predic only mildly satisfying as a NOIR SITUATION. The film is situated in the desert areas of some western state, so it often pre-echoes giant bug movies from later in the decade ("Them" , "Tarantula").

Major complaint: Where the heck is Zachary Scott for the first HOUR of this picture? When the Z finally shows up, he plays yet another effete playboy and is quickly dismissed by the plot. This is a waste of the Z-ster's talents. He might have been better as the male lead, in place of the handsome but bland Todd.

Max Steiner's score contributes much Sturm und Drang. Worth a look


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