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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.

Director:

Rudolph Maté

Writers:

Oscar Millard (screenplay), Sydney Boehm (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Mitchum ... Russ Lambert
Linda Darnell ... Clare Shepperd, alias Clare Sinclair
Jack Palance ... Cappy Gordon
Sandro Giglio Sandro Giglio ... Cable Car Conductor
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ... Vasco
Reginald Sheffield Reginald Sheffield ... Mr. Woburn
Margaret Brewster ... Mrs. Woburn
Roy Roberts ... Charley Malloy
Salvador Baguez Salvador Baguez ... Officer Hernandez
Maurice Jara Maurice Jara ... Fernando
Judy Walsh ... Maria
Dan Seymour ... Felipe
Fortunio Bonanova ... Mandy
Milburn Stone ... Edward Dawson
Abel Fernandez ... Rivera
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Storyline

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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For the First Time--3D With Important Stars! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 July 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mörder ohne Maske See more »

Filming Locations:

Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,000,000, 31 December 1953
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Mitchum and Jack Palance were former professional boxers. Also, the real-life Mexican boxer Abel Fernandez (Rivera) made his screen debut in this film. See more »

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[last lines]
Cable Car Conductor: What a beautiful disaster!
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The story's routine but
16 May 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

A standard tale of a woman in jeopardy and on the run aided by a handy tall, dark and handsome stranger but the stars make it worth checking out. Robert Mitchum and Linda Darnell have an excellent chemistry, a shame that they only made this one film together.

Actually their costarring was not planned, Susan Hayward was originally scheduled to appear but Howard Hughes had a revealing wardrobe in mind to exploit the leading lady's figure in 3-D, Susan found it distasteful and backed out and Linda stepped in. The wardrobe ended up not being used since Hughes wasn't upfront with Linda either and she likewise refused the costuming so between the censors and she he backed down and her clothes are flattering without being overly revealing.

The story may be standard but it is shot in some beautiful locations in gorgeous Technicolor and moves at a good pace with a suspenseful climax. It also has a fine villain in Jack Palance whose granite features were ideally suited to being a bad guy. Probably very impressive in the original 3-D this still has some impressive shots that give you an idea of what the audiences in the 50's saw. A good compact thriller that's worth your time.


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