The Second Woman (1950)

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“The Second Woman” is a 1950 American film noir directed by James V. Kern and starring Robert Young, Betsy Drake, and John Sutton.

The film follows the story of a wealthy San Francisco architect named Jeff Cohalan (Robert Young), who is haunted by the tragic death of his first wife in a boating accident. He becomes increasingly obsessed with the idea that his new wife, Ellen (Betsy Drake), is destined to suffer the same fate.

As Jeff’s paranoia grows, he becomes increasingly possessive and controlling, alienating Ellen and causing tension in their marriage. When a former business associate of Jeff’s arrives in town, he begins to suspect that the man is involved in a conspiracy to harm Ellen.

But as Jeff’s mental state deteriorates, it becomes increasingly unclear whether his fears are justified, or simply the product of his own troubled mind. The film builds suspense and tension as it explores the depths of Jeff’s psychological turmoil, and the impact it has on those around him.

With its intricate plot and complex characters, “The Second Woman” is a classic example of film noir. It features strong performances from the lead actors, particularly Robert Young as the troubled protagonist, and Betsy Drake as the loyal but conflicted Ellen. The film is a gripping psychological drama that keeps the audience guessing until the very end.

James V. Kern

Mort Briskin, Robert Smith

Robert Young, Betsy Drake, John Sutton

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