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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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3-DIMENSION so real... you feel YOU can TOUCH the BIG STARS See more »


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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

This film was RKO's first 3-D picture and did well at the box-office, despite the high cost of the 3-D. It also, was released in standard 2-D. See more »

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Russ: Which do you suppose came first, the hotel or all this atmosphere?
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A pretty crummy affair with some exciting action stuff at the very end.
10 October 2011 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Second Chance (1953)

To really enjoy this movie you have to know its place in the RKO filmmaking world. And you'd probably have to see it in 3D as it was originally intended. You won't get too far with the meandering plot that doesn't create tension, or romance, or even curiosity. We are made to simply watch and wait for something to happen.

Of course, something does happen, and in a big way, near the end, something completely separate from the intended plot. And even in 2D you get the drama and the dizzying depth of it all. And you get to watch three very big stars in expensive Technicolor--producer Howard Hughes really laid it all out for this one. Robert Mitchum looks good as both lonely man wooing the girl and as a boxer (briefly). Linda Darnell is the woman every man wants, apparently (especially Hughes, by the way). And Jack Palance is like a piece of wreckage, wired up and angry and with a face to sink a thousand ships.

The setting is interesting, too, all shot on location in Mexico, except some reshooting of the boxing scene (oddly enough, because it looks so authentic). Mitchum and Palance both got into some local fistfighting, and traded blows once during filming. When the movie came out, even though it has hardly any plot (other than surviving the final disaster scene), it was a success. Good thing, because RKO was financially reeling, and would in two years be bought by a rubber company and by the end the of the decade was the first of the Majors (the big 5 Hollywood studios) to completely go under.

So, don't expect much and you'll find lots of little things to enjoy. And maybe they'll get the Technicolor goosed up properly in a re-release someday, complete with 3D effects.


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