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Arthur Hamilton (John Randolph) is a listless Manhattan businessman who lives with his wife in the New York suburbs. One day, he runs into an old friend (Murray Hamilton) whom he thought had died. The friend leads him to The Company, a secretive operation run by The Old Man (Will Geer). The Company is a high-tech service which, for a price, provides older men with plastic surgery, a beefed-up body, and a fresh start in life. To cover the "disappearance," a middle-aged male cadaver is "killed" in a hotel fire. Hamilton submits to the operation that will turn him into a "Second," and when the bandages are removed, he's shed twenty years, renamed Tony Wilson and portrayed by Rock Hudson. The Company creates a new identity for Hamilton, relocating him in a hedonistic California beach community with an identity as a painter. Celebrating during a local wine festival, Hamilton has his revelry cut short when he learns that all his new young friends are Seconds like himself and suddenly feels trapped in these surroundings. Unfortunately, finding a way out isn't nearly as easy as it was to find a way in. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 21, 1966


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James Wong Howe Best Black and White Cinematography 1966 Nominee


Rock Hudson
as Antiochus "Tony" Wilson
Salome Jens
as Norma Marcus
John Randolph
as Arthur Hamilton
Jeff Corey
as Mr. Ruby
Richard Anderson
as Dr. Innes
Murray Hamilton
as Charlie Evans
Thom Conroy
as Dayroom Attendant
Wesley Addy
as John
William Wintersole
as Operating Room Doctor
Edgar Stehli
as Tailor Shop Presser
Dody Heath
as She Bushman
Dorothy Morris
as Mrs. Filter
Khigh Dhiegh
as Davalo
Frank Campanella
as Man in Station
Karl Swenson
as Dr. Morris
Barbara Werle
as Secretary
Ned Young
as Henry Bushman


John Frankenheimer
Lewis John Carlino
James Wong Howe
Jerry Goldsmith
Composer (Music Score)
Ferris Webster
David Webster
John P. Austin
Set Designer
Mark Reedall