Second Chance

  • 1953
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Thriller

SECOND CHANCE is a 3-D movie with 2-D characterizations. Presenter Howard Hughes decided that the third dimension and stereophonic sound might enhance this typical crime story, and director Mate infused it with all the verve he could, but Mitchum's usual laconic performance worked against anything memorable. It was his last film for RKO (although SHE COULDN'T...read more

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SECOND CHANCE is a 3-D movie with 2-D characterizations. Presenter Howard Hughes decided that the third dimension and stereophonic sound might enhance this typical crime story, and director Mate infused it with all the verve he could, but Mitchum's usual laconic performance worked against

anything memorable. It was his last film for RKO (although SHE COULDN'T SAY NO was not released until after this one), and his boredom was evident. Shot in Taxco and Cuernavaca, Mexico, it's the story of two people looking for a second chance in life. Mitchum is a boxer battling his way around

Mexico and trying to forget that he once killed an opponent in the ring. Darnell is on the run because a Senate crime committee would like to find her and have her testify against her former lover, a heavyweight in crime. Palance has been sent to kill Darnell so she won't open her mouth. She and

Mitchum meet, but she doesn't tell him her story. Love happens, and they wind up on a cable car whose cables break. It's a bang-up climax as Mitchum escapes the car by hanging from a rope. When he gets back, he has a device that will take all but one of the passengers to safety, and since the

cables keep snapping, it looks like curtains for whoever is left over. There's a battle between Mitchum and Palance, with the villain falling to his death and the two lovers getting out of the cable car and into the auxiliary baskets just before the last cable snaps. The writing is good, Darnell

is beautiful, Palance is his usual mean-spirited self, and sweating palms are the order of the day. It was also sent out in flat-screen format and was not nearly as effective. The final sequence looked more like the Rockies or the Andes than Mexico.

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