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The Second Time Around (1961)

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In 1911, a widow with two children leaves New York City for territorial Arizona and becomes a ranch hand and later gets herself elected sheriff. A gambler and a rancher become rivals for her affections.

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Lucretia 'Lu' Rogers
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Dan Jones
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Pat Collins
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Rena Mitchell
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Aggie Gates
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In 1911, a widow with two children leaves New York City for territorial Arizona and becomes a ranch hand and later gets herself elected sheriff. A gambler and a rancher become rivals for her affections.

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She's tangling with he-men who want to stay free-men... And showing you what a gal's gotta do to get a guy to say "I do"! See more »

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22 December 1961 (USA)  »

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La farfelue de l'Arizona  »

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Sheriff John Yoss: Before we head south we're going to play a round of stud to see who escorts the gal. Like to take a hand?
Dan Jones: No thanks, I'm a gambler, not a wrangler.
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The Sheriff Of Charleyville
16 November 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although not a note of the song is sung, The Second Time Around gets its title from the song Bing Crosby introduced in High Time the year before this film came out. However Frank Sinatra scored the big hit on that song and the melody is heard throughout the film.

It's a cute film, but sadly not cute enough for me. Debbie Reynolds a recent widow comes out to Charleyville, Arizona to get a job in a mercantile when she finds the owner being shipped out in a pine box. He was a friend to her late husband and now she's stranded in Charleyville in 1911 on the eve of Arizona becoming a state.

Thelma Ritter gives her a job on her small ranch and pretty soon gambler Steve Forrest and neighboring rancher Andy Griffith are panting after Debbie. But Debbie who is disgusted by the lack of law and order in the town gets the sheriff recalled and gets his job.

A great blow for women's rights, but so help me I couldn't wrap my mind around the concept that Debbie who was such a tenderfoot when she came out west is now handling a six gun like a gunfighter. It was really a bit much.

Debbie and Thelma Ritter worked well together and they would do so again in the much better How The West Was Won. Juliet Prowse has a nice part as Steve Forrest's saloon dancer girlfriend who is remarkably tolerant of her new rival.

I don't think The Second Time Around is first rate for Debbie Reynolds and the rest of the cast.


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