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The Second Time Around

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Though the title suggests that this film is a musical romance built around the song hit of the same name, Second Time Around is actually a comedy western. Debbie Reynolds plays a young widow who in 1912 moves with her children to a wild and wooly Arizona town. At first having trouble coming to grips with frontier life, Reynolds adjusts quite well--to the extent that she is appointed sheriff. She is courted by Andy Griffith and Steve Forrest, both of whom ride to the rescue when Reynolds bites off more than she ...
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Overview

Though the title suggests that this film is a musical romance built around the song hit of the same name, Second Time Around is actually a comedy western. Debbie Reynolds plays a young widow who in 1912 moves with her children to a wild and wooly Arizona town. At first having trouble coming to grips with frontier life, Reynolds adjusts quite well--to the extent that she is appointed sheriff. She is courted by Andy Griffith and Steve Forrest, both of whom ride to the rescue when Reynolds bites off more than she can chew and she is captured by outlaws. Sheriff Reynolds marries Forrest, while Griffith, presumably, moves on to a new job in Mayberry. The big selling angle of Second Time Around was a very brief farcical scene involving Debbie Reynolds and a bathtub, which ended up plastered all over the advertising material for this film.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Second Time Around is interesting more for what is says about the state of the Hollywood Western in the 1960s than for its own merits as a movie. The Western had already begun its downward spiral, and by the end of the decade, the traditional Hollywood Western would have played itself out. The studios weren't really consciously aware that the genre was on the way out, but they must have been aware that something was changing, and Second Time Around tries to help out by adding a healthy dollop of family comedy and silly romance to the proceedings. Comedy Westerns were nothing new, of course, but this particular kind of comedy, which seems to be drawn from some strange marriage of Disney films of the period and popular sex comedies, was new to the "oaters" -- as was the kind of female lead provided by Debbie Reynolds. The result of all this is mildly entertaining, though of no great consequence. It's a polished, by-the-numbers kind of film, and it works, but you kind of long for a few more rough edges to give it character. The cast, fortunately, makes for very good company, with Reynolds feistily adorable, Andy Griffith laconically amusing, and Steve Forrest ruggedly handsome. Throw in Juliet Prowse, Thelma Ritter, and a sleek Henry Mancini score, and you've got an undemanding, pleasant way to pass an hour and a half.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2012
  • UPC: 024543848844
  • Original Release: 1961
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  • Source: Fox Mod
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 18,607

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Debbie Reynolds Lucretia Rogers
Steve Forrest Dan Jones
Andy Griffith Pat Collins
Juliet Prowse Rena
Thelma Ritter Aggie
Ken Scott Sheriff John Yoss
Isobel Elsom Mrs. Rogers
Rodopho (Rudy) Acosta Rodriguez
Timothy Carey Bonner
Tom Greenway Shack
Eleanor Audley Mrs. Trask
Tracy Stratford Cissie
Jimmy Garrett Tobey
Nicky Blair Mr. Stone
Marie Blake Mrs. Collins
Tom Fadden Feed Store Owner
Jack Orrison Editor
Joe Yrigoyen Bonner's Pal
Technical Credits
Vincent Sherman Director
Ellis W. Carter Cinematographer
Jack Cummings Producer
Donfeld Costumes/Costume Designer
Gerald Fried Score Composer
Cecil Dan Hansen Screenwriter
Henry Mancini Songwriter
Ben Nye Sr. Makeup
Stuart A. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Oscar Saul Screenwriter
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Walter M. Simonds Art Director
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Betty Steinberg Editor
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