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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

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 »

Quotes

Clare: He'll manage to get another gun in San Cristobal.
Russ: Who's going to wheel him to the store to buy it?
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Referenced in Mondo Lugosi - A Vampire's Scrapbook (1987) See more »

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„What a Beautiful Disaster!"
10 March 2006 | by manuel-pestalozziSee all my reviews

These are the last spoken words in this movie, before it ends rather abruptly. They characterize the whole affair accurately. Second Chance is a beautiful movie, the locations in Mexico look superb and made me yearn for my next holiday, despite the faded colors. In the middle there is a long sequence of a typical fiesta with fireworks and a surprisingly lascivious and suggestive dance scene – just for the fun of it. The action moves on to a spectacular old suspension railway which I also found impressive and entertaining.

Unfortunately the story development is not good. It looks like nobody could decide what kind of movie this should be. It starts out like a film noir, then becomes a dreamy romance before turning into a classic, full fledged disaster flick with a suspended cable car full of different characters (look how all passengers assemble on the rear platform without the whole thing keeling over as I expect it should). Every part is OK in itself, but the different pieces do not tie together well.

Anybody who is interested in old movies, where locations, objects and events may or may not have symbolic significance will like this Technicolor movie made by RKO studios in its last stages of existence.


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