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Second Chance (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 18 July 1953 (USA)
Mobster Vic Spalato's girlfriend Claire is in hiding in Mexico and she's willing to testify for a US Senate investigation committee, if she can make it back to the US alive.

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Russ Lambert
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Clare Shepperd, alias Clare Sinclair
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Cappy Gordon
Sandro Giglio ...
Cable Car Conductor
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ...
Vasco
Reginald Sheffield ...
Mr. Woburn
Margaret Brewster ...
Mrs. Woburn
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Charley Malloy
Salvador Baguez ...
Officer Hernandez
Maurice Jara ...
Fernando
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Maria
Dan Seymour ...
Felipe
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Mandy
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Edward Dawson
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Rivera
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Claire Sinclair is hiding in Mexico to avoid testifying against her gangster boyfriend. Her seclusion is made difficult by Cappy Gordon, a mob strongman out to kill her unless she runs off with him. Trying to help Claire is Russ Lambert, an American prizefighter. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Mörder ohne Maske  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The story of this film was inspired by an event in Rio de Janeiro, in which a cable car broke down and was suspended for 10 hours with 14 passengers trapped inside the car. See more »

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Russ: Spilato is something we used to step on in Chicago when it came crawling out of the woodwork.
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Referenced in Mondo Lugosi (1987) See more »

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The Stars Hanging By A Wire Thread
27 August 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Second Chance finds Robert Mitchum as a boxer picking up fights in Mexico with manager Roy Roberts hoping for a comeback in America. He runs into Linda Darnell who is a Virginia Hill like mob moll who the Senate Racketeering Committee wants to testify. She's fled to Mexico, but the syndicate boss whose girl friend she was doesn't want her testifying. He sends hit man Jack Palance after Darnell to make sure she doesn't testify.

But Palance has his own ideas concerning Linda and his jealousy is aroused when he sees her being drawn to Mitchum. She at first is just looking for protection, but romance soon takes over with them and jealousy just rules Palance.

For Mitchum and Darnell Second Chance was pretty routine stuff, but Palance really dominates in his scenes. When Second Chance was hitting theaters Palance was already well known for the killer role he played in Shane. Although Second Chance gives him quite a bit more dialog, Jack still conveys a chilling meanness that you don't forget.

The film was shot in 3-D and it was one that Howard Hughes personally produced. Even without the 3-D on television the final sequence involving all the principal players in a cable car accident will leave you breathless.

Second Chance is a nicely constructed adventure tale with some good location cinematography in Cuernavaca and Tasco in old Mexico. The film holds up well after almost 60 years and definitely recommended for fans of Mitchum, Darnell, and Palance.


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