Starring Debbie Reynolds, Andie Griffith, Steve Forrest, Juliet Prowse, Thelma Ritter, Ken Scott, Timothy Carey
Pleasant. Well-cast. Unpretentious.
Tagline: She’s tangling with he-men who want to stay free-men… And showing you what a gal’s gotta do to get a guy to say “I do”
Widowed Lu Rogers (Reynolds) heads west for an opportunity at prosperity and independence from her domineering mother-in-law. Upon arrival, however, she finds that life in Arizona isn’t what was promised but takes up hard labor working for Ms. Aggie Gates (Ritter) to get by. Still, marriage seems the best option, and while Aggie steers her to the kind rancher, Pat Collins (Griffith), Lu can’t get the roguish saloon owner, Dan Jones (Forrest), out of her head. Modest, satisfying entertainment, The Second Time Around works best as a strong vehicle for its star, Debbie Reynolds, who excels in the role. She’s surprisingly good at the physical comedy. The supporting cast is wonderful as well. It’s always fun seeing Andy Griffith before he became a T.V icon and Thelma Ritter, one of the great character actors, is endearing.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-