Second Chance (1953)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Release Date - Jul 18, 1953 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 82 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Even without its 3D/stereophonic sound gimmickry, Second Chance is a crackling good suspenser. Robert Mitchum plays Russ Lambert, a prizefighter who heads to South America to forget a recent tragedy in the ring. Here he meets Clare Shepard (Linda Darnell), who is likewise running away -- not from her bitter memories, but from her boyfriend, a vicious gangster. Also newly arrived in South America is Cappy Gordon (Jack Palance), the cold-blooded triggerman for Clare's ex-beau. After several close calls and near-misses, the three main characters converge in a disabled cable car, high above a deep abyss. Filmed on location at RKO Radio's Mexican facilities, Second Chance takes a while getting started, then rapidly builds to a heart-pounding finale.

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assassination, bodyguard, boxing, chase, committee, extramarital-affair, gangster, love-triangle, scheme