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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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2000 feet over empty space! 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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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

Russ: Which do you suppose came first, the hotel or all this atmosphere?
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Featured in Robert Mitchum, le mauvais garçon d'Hollywood (2018) See more »

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The cable car climax makes it
13 June 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

SECOND CHANCE is a routinely-plotted thriller with an above-average setting (the glorious mountain top terrain of Mexico) and a decent cast to lift it above the norm for the genre. I should also note that it was originally released in 3D in 1953 as part of the short-lived 3D boom in movies, although watching it 'flat' there aren't many (or any) eye-popping sequences that stand out as in the likes of HOUSE OF WAX, for example.

The story opens with some excellent and suspenseful chase sequences in which put-upon heroine Linda Darnell is being hunted through the streets by the vengeful Jack Palance. It turns out that she's a witness ready to testify against a mob boss and he's the bodyguard sent to bring her home. You know the story by now, but what makes this fun is an ultra-laconic Robert Mitchum as a boozy boxer who Darnell ends up hooking up with.

Sadly the middle part of the film gets a little tedious with some drawn-out romance scenes and the great Palance left skulking in the background. However, things pick up for an extended, disaster-fuelled climax set in and atop a broken cable car. There are some great fight scenes and stunts which make full use of the taut scenario. SECOND CHANCE isn't the greatest film out there, but it's certainly a distinctive and memorable one.


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