Criterion Theatre

1514 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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Criterion Theatre 1514 Broadway, New York, NY

Opening Day of New York Premiere Engagement (July 22nd, 1953)

Second Chance is RKO Radio’s first foray into the world of 3-D film, a prevalent cinema fad in the 1950s,

Second Chance featured the top RKO stars, including bad guy Jack Palance fresh from his critically well-regarded work on Shane (1953). The picture is also the first Hollywood 3-D feature shot on a foreign location.

Critic Jeff Stafford believes the 3-D format was often unjustly maligned and in the early 1950s, was on the verge of “moving beyond the exploitable ‘in your face’ aspects” into more creative uses of the technology when the fad died. He makes the case that the final scenes of Second Chance were “much more intense in 3-D when the depth of field and spatial relationships create a genuine sense of vertigo.

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