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Richard Trevelyan (Richard Todd) was convicted of murdering his wife, given an 11th-hour Death Row reprieve and freed under unusual circumstances after retrial. But his past does not matter to Shelley Carnes (Ruth Roman), an actress visiting the Texas ranchland that Richard calls home. She’s fallen in love with him. But after she becomes the second Mrs. Trevelyan, Shelley is beset by doubts and fear. The director and screenwriter of Bette Davis’s Beyond the Forest – King Vidor (The Fountainhead) and Lenore Coffee (The End of the Affair) – reteam in a richly atmospheric mix of mystery, romance and murder sparked by a luminous cast that also includes Mercedes McCambridge and Zachary Scott.

  1. Margaret Echard


  2. Lenore J. Coffee


  3. King Vidor


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  1. Richard Todd

    Richard Todd

    Richard Trevelyan

  2. Ruth Roman

    Ruth Roman

    Shelley Carnes

  3. Mercedes McCambridge

    Mercedes McCambridge

    Liza McStringer

  4. Zachary Scott

    Zachary Scott

    Harvey Fortescue Turner

  5. Darryl Hickman

    Darryl Hickman


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Lightning Strikes Twice
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Status Released

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  • April 12, 1951

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 31m

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