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Lightning Strikes Twice(1951)

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  • Roman Holiday

    • Mike McCrann
    • 9/28/16

    I really love this film. The plot is full of holes and does not make sense a good deal of the time. But seeing Ruth Roman and Mercedes McCambridge in the same film is wonderful. I have always thought Ruth Roman received very little credit for her various performances. She was great in Tomorrow is Another Day and Three Secrets. She was beautiful and there was just something electric about her. I know Hitchcock didn't want her for Strangers on a Train but she is fine in that film even if she does not have much to do. Lightning Strikes Twice gives her a good role and she runs with it. Mercedes steals the film of course. She stole every film she was ever in. Such intensity. She is way over the top in this one and her body movements like those in Johnny Guitar are strangely jerkily done but just try to look away. I also like the scenes between Ruth and Mercedes. And the only weak part of the film is Richard Todd who looks a bit ridiculous in his boots etc. Todd was a good actor and he is better in his wordless scenes than when he talks. And Kathryn Givney is outstanding as Todd's friend and mother figure. OK Ruth Roman does overdue her fear scenes once the honeymoon is on. Almost like silent screen acting but what can I say. I just like Ruth Roman. Director King Vidor had a field day at Warner Brothers with his great melos including The Fountainhead, Beyond The Forest and this one. He would soon do Ruby Gentry with Jennifer Jones. I also love the location work in this film. Lightning Strikes Twice may not be a great film noir but I still find it fascinating every time I see it. Thanks to Mercedes and Ruth this film is very worth seeing.

  • Lightning Strikes Twice

    • I_Fortuna
    • 5/3/13

    I really enjoyed this film. It is very entertaining and leaves a chilling impression. Richard Todd is marevelous as were Ruth Roman and Mercedes McCambridge. It is an interesting story with a surprise ending. At least for me because I don't remember ever seeing this movie. Anyone who enjoys crime films would probably really enjoy this one.

  • THE GREAT MERCEDES!

    • M. Hamilton
    • 10/4/09

    I saw this film when I was 10 years old. I haven't seen it since, but it has stuck with me for 40 years. Looking back, it was probably my first introduction to film noir. I remember it being very atmospheric, always looking like a storm was brewing. But, most of all, it made me a lifelong fan of Mercedes McCambridge! She had a crazed look in her eyes that has haunted me for years, an underlying current of insanity...NOBODY does it better!

  • GREAT DRAMA

    • l douglas
    • 7/14/07

    This movie is great. I have been searching for a copy for over 25 years. It was a great debut for Mercedes McCambridge as a woman willing to do anything for the man she loves, Ruth Roman as a woman afraid of the man she has come to love, Richard Todd as a man haunted by betrayal. This is classic film noir. a must see!!!

  • This movie stayed with me for 50 years.

    • R. Schuler
    • 3/10/07

    I saw this movie when I was about 13 years old. I read Nancy Drew books and loved a mystery then, even as I do now.This movie was not only a good mystery, but also a romance. Ruth Roman was beautiful and I was smitten with Richard Todd for a long time after. I still look for it from time to time, but I see that it has never been made available for home video. That's too bad, people are missing a good movie

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