Cinema: Two of a Kind

Cinemelodrama often intensifies Hollywood's tendency to picture improbable characters behaving incredibly in impossible situations. Latest examples:

Lightning Strikes Twice (Warner) tells an even unlikelier tale than its title suggests. It all hinges on the fact that a good friend (Mercedes McCambridge) of an accused murderer (Richard Todd) gets a seat on the jury that hears his case.

Thanks to Mercedes' efforts Todd goes free, and he secludes himself bitterly in the Texas countryside. Along comes a vacationing actress (Ruth Roman). Though she is well warned of Todd's reputation as a wife-killer, she determines to clear his name and starts worrying about his character...

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