The Second Woman (1950)

Robert Young, Betsy Drake
James V. Kern
Drama, Film Noir, Mystery
James V. Kern went on to direct some of the top television shows of the 1950s and ‘60s, but not before directing this taught suspense tale. In the tradition of Hitchcock classics like Spellbound and Rebecca, this movie centers around a woman (Betsy Drake) who finds herself involved with a mysterious man (Robert Young) who may or may not be in grave danger. Filmed in Carmel­-by-­the-Sea and Monterey CA, with cinematography by two­time Oscar winner Hal Mohr (The Phantom of the Opera, A Midsummer Night’s Dream), this is a lush piece of forgotten cinema begging to be rediscovered... (BW)