6.0/10
855
26 user 10 critic

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 »
Reviews

Photos

Edit

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 ... 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
Learn more

More Like This 

The Racket (1951)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In New York, two honest cops try to hinder a crime syndicate from moving into the precinct and also to prevent the mob's plan of electing a corrupt prosecutor to a judgeship.

Directors: John Cromwell, Mel Ferrer, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Lizabeth Scott, Robert Ryan
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An American ballistics expert in Turkey finds himself targeted by Nazi agents. Safe passage home by ship is arranged for him, but he soon discovers that his pursuers are also on board.

Directors: Norman Foster, Orson Welles
Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dolores del Rio
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Addresses some of the major 60s social issues - a bored rich London-girl from Chelsea decides to go "slumming" in depressed Battersea, getting a flat and starts factory-work and makes friends... of which one has to get an illegal abortion.

Director: Peter Collinson
Stars: Suzy Kendall, Dennis Waterman, Maureen Lipman
Action | Crime | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A deported gangster's plan to re-enter the USA involves skulduggery at a Mexican resort, and gambler Dan Milner is caught in the middle.

Directors: John Farrow, Richard Fleischer
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Vincent Price
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Jerry McKibbon is a tough, no nonsense reporter, mentoring special prosecutor John Conroy in routing out corrupt officials in the city, which may even include Conroy's own police detective father as a suspect.

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: William Holden, Edmond O'Brien, Alexis Smith
Pursued (1947)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A boy haunted by nightmares about the night his entire family was murdered is brought up by a neighboring family in the 1880s. He falls for his lovely adoptive sister but his nasty adoptive brother and mysterious uncle want him dead.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Teresa Wright, Robert Mitchum, Judith Anderson
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Whitney Cameron suspects his sister-in-law has poisoned his brother and niece, but without proof how does he prevent the murder of his nephew?

Director: Andrew L. Stone
Stars: Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Gary Merrill
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A woman kills her beautiful sister in a rage after finding out she has an affair with her fiancé, and later plans on killing the little girl who may have witnessed the murder.

Director: Pat Jackson
Stars: Ann Sothern, Zachary Scott, Gigi Perreau
Angel Face (1953)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Ambulance driver Frank Jessup is ensnared in the schemes of the sensuous but dangerous Diane Tremayne.

Director: Otto Preminger
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Mona Freeman
Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Respectable citizens receive anonymous letters revealing their adulterous relationships.

Director: Otto Preminger
Stars: Linda Darnell, Charles Boyer, Michael Rennie
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

During the Civil War, a group of Confederates escapes from the Union POW camp at Fort Bravo but has to contend with the desert, the Mescalero Apaches and the pursuing Union troops.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: William Holden, Eleanor Parker, John Forsythe
Nocturne (1946)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In 1940s Los Angeles, when womanizing composer Keith Vincent is found dead, the inquest concludes it was a suicide but police detective Joe Warne isn't so sure.

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Stars: George Raft, Lynn Bari, Virginia Huston
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

2000 feet over empty space! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

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 »

Quotes

Russ: Who needs music?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mondo Lugosi - A Vampire's Scrapbook (1987) See more »

User Reviews

 
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.


8 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 26 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

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 »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,000,000
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed