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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:

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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 »

Quotes

[last lines]
Cable Car Conductor: What a beautiful disaster!
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Dithers until the Climax
30 August 2011 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

The producers could have skipped the first hour, which is just filling time until the tram trip climax. And what a nail-biter that teetering-over-the-abyss is-- very well done in the special effects department. My only regret is the Palance-Mitchum face off, which should have been a bigger doozy than it is, considering it was for the broad-shoulders championship of Hollywood. Then too, both guys remain immaculately dressed the whole 90-minures—not what you'd expect of tough guys south of the border.

The first part, unfortunately, is pretty listless, except when poor Doc Adams, oops!, I mean Milburn Stone gets it in the gut. Looks like the producers knew they were short on substance, so they filled the Technicolor screen with a bunch of local color. Still, there's a lot of rather aimless walking around to and fro. And, oh yes, I almost forgot Mitchum's big boxing match that looks like it was filmed in a bull ring. Good thing he finally decided to use his power-house right, otherwise there might have been no story. And what a topical plot device putting the lovely Darnell across the border to escape a crime commission. Audiences no doubt connected that with the Kefauver Commission, so much in the news at the time.

On the acting front, Mitchum is his usual laid- back self, while, unfortunately, Darnell isn't given much to work with. At the same time, director Mate's non-use of close-ups denies Palance the skull-like menace that would otherwise fill in needed drama. Anyway, don't expect much until a climax that almost makes up for all that earlier dithering around.


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