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The Second Time Around 1961

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4.5 out of 5 stars (59) IMDb 6.4/10

A Young Widow And Her Two Children Arrive In An Arizona Town In 1912 To Start A New Life And She Finds The Town Wild And Booming. With Her Feisty Spirit And Temper, She Becomes The Town Sheriff And Starts To Clean Things Up.

Starring:
Debbie Reynolds, Steve Forrest
Runtime:
1 hour, 38 minutes

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Genres Western, Kids & Family
Director Vincent Sherman
Starring Debbie Reynolds, Steve Forrest
Supporting actors Andy Griffith, Juliet Prowse, Thelma Ritter, Ken Scott, Isobel Elsom, Rodolfo Acosta, Timothy Carey, Tom Greenway, Eleanor Audley, Marie Blake, Pilar Arcos, Evadne Baker, Leonard Baker, Nicky Blair, George Bruggeman, Richard Collier, Gene Coogan, Margie Duncan
Studio 20th Century Fox
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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In 1911 New York, a young widow (Debbie Reynolds) with two children heads west to Arizona to start a new life. But upon arrival, she finds the man who promised her a job dead, murdered in a hold up, and the town run by a corrupt sheriff (Ken Scott) and a gambler (Steve Forrest) and the only work she can find is as a ranch hand to an eccentric female rancher (a restrained Thelma Ritter). Directed by the veteran director Vincent Sherman (MR. SKEFFINGTON), this lightweight western comedy is a typical western romp. Two brawls, one in an ice cream shop and the other in a saloon, and Reynolds a fish out of water city slicker taking more than a few pratfalls in the mud, at times she seems to be rehearsing for her Molly Brown character which would come three years later. It's rather sweet really without getting sticky. The popular and Oscar nominated standard THE SECOND TIME AROUND comes the film though in the print I saw, the song is not sung but used, without lyrics, as part of the underscore. With Andy Griffith, Juliet Prowse (who, alas, gets to dance only briefly), Isobel Elsom, Eleanor Audley and Timothy Carey.

The DVD imported from Spain is an excellent transfer in its CinemaScope ratio (2.35) but not anamorphic.
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I stumbled across this movie years ago on TV, and I loved it! Steve Forrest is so handsome as the local gambler/saloon owner who irritates Debbie Reynolds until she falls for him. He later starred in the TV series about the SWAT team. Andy Griffith is great, as usual, and this is a very fun movie to watch. I am going to order one to show to my daughter. She loves comedy romances, and this fits the bill.
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When a young widow (Reynolds) leaves a pampered life in New York for a job in the untamed west, she is unprepared for the challange. With determination and without experience, she hires on as the only ranch hand for a crusty old woman rancher (Thelma Ritter). Standing up to the town's crooked sheriff, the people of the community elect her to the office of sheriff. If the job isn't challange enough, the former sheriff and his deputies have threatened revenge against her and the town's people and two handsome men are doing what they can to woo and protect her. An enjoyable comedy with a great cast - a perfect venue for Debbie Reynolds.
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By L Boop on February 7, 2013
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THIS IS ONE OF THE FUNNIEST MOVIES OF DEBBIE REYNOLDS THAT I'VE SEEN. I LAUGHED UNTIL MY SIDES HURT. WIDOW GOES OUT WEST TO START WORK IN A STORE WITH THE HELP OF A FRIEND OF HER LATE HUSBAND. SHE LEAVES BEHIND TWO SMALL CHILDREN TO STAY WITH A STUFFY MOTHER INLAW TO START THE LIFE HER AND HER HUSBAND HAD DREAMED OF. THIS IS WHERE THE LAUGHING BEGINS. SHE GETS OUT WEST BY TRAIN, FINDS THE FRIEND HAS BEEN KILLED IN A ROBBERY, GETS HIRED ON AS A RANCH HAND ON A WOMANS RANCH, FALLS IN LOVE WITH A SALOON KEEPER / GAMBLER, GETS ELECTED SHERIFF. TAKEN HOSTAGE BY ROBBERS AND THE SAME ONES THAT KILLED HER FRIEND, AND THE LIST GOES ON. THIS IS A GREAT MOVIE TO SEE. GOOD WORK DEBBIE.
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Ok, this is a classic comedy with a lot of great twists. The only thing I DON'T appreciate is the indecent cover they put on the case, because it has nothing to do with the movie. A great combination of romance, western, and comedy. Must see!
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This was a corny but extremely cute movie. I love Debbie, and she does a great job here of making you laugh. It was weird seeing Andy Griffith an he's a little out of place in this one. But all and all I'm glad to have it in my collection.
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love this movie and the characters in it. the cast is great also, I could really understand Lou's position as a single mother who had to leave her children behind so she could build her and them a new life. Loved Andy Griffin in his part and of course Thelma Ritter is always good for her comedic digs.
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A very enjoyable comedy. As usual with Debbie Reynolds comedies it isn't really very believable but you will still have a good time watching it. I saw it when it originally came out and was glad to see it became available on DVD. One of my favorite songs "Second Time Around" only appears as an instrumental theme. If you love the song as much as I do, you will have to find a way to get your hands on High Time, a 1960 film with Bing Crosby, where it is actually sung. (If only High Time would become available on DVD in a good format, not a cheap knockoff at an expensive price... one of my favorite movies). The brawl in the ice cream parlor which contains all the elements of a bar fight in a traditional western is especially funny.
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