The Second Time Around (film)

The Second Time Around is a 1961 Western comedy film starring Debbie Reynolds as a widow who relocates her family from 1911 New York to the Arizona Territory. It is based on the novel Star in the West by Richard Emery Roberts.

The Second Time Around
Directed byVincent Sherman
Produced byJack Cummings
Written byRichard Emery Roberts (novel)
Oscar Saul
Clair Huffaker (as Cecil Dan Hensen)
StarringDebbie Reynolds
Steve Forrest
Andy Griffith
Music byGerald Fried
CinematographyEllis W. Carter
Distributed byTwentieth Century-Fox
Release date
  • December 22, 1961 (1961-12-22)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film co-stars Andy Griffith and Steve Forrest. It was directed by Vincent Sherman.


Lu Rogers, recently widowed, leaves her children in New York with her mother-in-law in 1911 and travels west to take a job she's been offered. Upon arriving in Arizona, the job falls through, so farmer Aggie Gates tries her out as a hired hand.

The resourceful Lu succeeds at work and catches the eye of two potential suitors, Dan Jones, a saloon owner, and Pat Collins, a rancher. A crooked sheriff is exposed by Lu, who is shocked by being offered his job. The humiliated sheriff pulls a holdup and kidnaps her.

A posse is formed and comes to Lu's rescue. She receives reward money and uses it to send for her kids. Dan wins her hand, while Pat accepts her badge.


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