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The Second Woman (1950)





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In the vein of Spellbound and Rebecca comes this 1951 film noir from director James V. Kern. Robert Young stars as Jeff Cohalan, a successful architect who is tormented by the fact that his fiancée was killed in a mysterious car accident on the night before their wedding. Blaming himself for her death, Colahan spends his time alone, lamenting in the cliff-top home he'd designed for his bride-to-be. To make matters worse, ever since the accident, Colahan seems to be followed by bad luck. His horse and dog turn up dead without explanation, leading him to wonder if he has been cursed. Enter Ellen Foster (Betsy Drake), an independent and intelligent insurance investigator who just might be able to help Colahan figure out who or what's behind all of his misfortune.
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Romance
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Cardinal Pictures


Betsy Drake
as Ellen Foster
Robert Young
as Jeff Cohalan
John Sutton
as Keith Ferris
Morris Carnovsky
as Dr. Hartley
Florence Bates
as Amelia Foster
Henry O'Neill
as Ben Sheppard
Jean Rogers
as Dodo Ferris
Raymond Largay
as Maj. Badger
Shirley Ballard
as Vivian Sheppard
Vicki Raaf
as Secretary
Vici Raaf
as Secretary
Jason Robards Sr.
as Stacy Rogers
Steven Geray
as Balthazar Jones
Jimmie Dodd
as Mr. Nelson
Cliff Clark
as Police Sergeant
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Critic Reviews for The Second Woman

All Critics (1)

Brooding melodrama.

Full Review… | October 3, 2004
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Audience Reviews for The Second Woman


Solid little pyschological drama. Taking into account that the view of the mind and it's workings has changed since this was made it's still an entertaining film. Young is fine in the lead and the supporting cast is strong, it would have benefitted from a more forceful leading lady. Betsy Drake isn't bad she just doesn't possess a potent screen persona that compels you to watch her like Gloria Grahame or Lauren Bacall did.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Fascinating story, wonderfully acted by Betsy Drake. Solid mystery that really draws you into the story. Good sets, nice costumes and score. What a cool house!

James Higgins
James Higgins

Good psychological thriller about a man who thinks he being driven insane... or is he really just crazy? The mystery is clever and complex and keeps the viewer guessing until the end, with a nice little twist the cap off the film. Performance from Young is good but the acting of his supporting cast wavers and the direction is somewhat un-involving, but the plot itself will keep you intrigued.

David Schwenker
David Schwenker

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