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Two Seconds (1932)

A condemned murderer, in the process of being executed, relives the events that led to his being sentenced to die in the electric chair.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

Elliott Lester (play), Harvey F. Thew (adaptation) (as Harvey Thew)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... John Allen
Vivienne Osborne ... Shirley Day
Guy Kibbee ... Bookie
Preston Foster ... Bud Clark
J. Carrol Naish ... Tony (as J. Carroll Naish)
Frederick Burton ... Judge
Harry Beresford ... Doctor
Dorothea Wolbert ... Lizzie - Cleaning Lady
Berton Churchill ... The Warden
William Janney ... College Boy at Execution
Edward McWade ... The Prison Doctor
Gladys Lloyd ... Woman
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Storyline

Allen claims he his being executed for the wrong murder. Flashbacks show him working with Clark as a riveter. When he makes a killing on the horses he meets Shirley and gets married. When Clark tells him Shirley is unfaithful they fight and Clark falls to his death. Later he finds that Clark was telling the truth. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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In two seconds he became the slave of the woman he hated! Two blinding, flashing seconds that stripped him of honor and branded his soul!

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deux secondes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$310,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$822,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Edward G. Robinson's wife, Gladys Lloyd, appears in an uncredited role. This is one of five films the couple made together from 1931-32. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
The Warden: And another thing...
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Soundtracks

Why Did It Have to Be Me?
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Music by Carmen Lombardo and Sam H. Stept
Lyrics by Bud Green
Sung by the nightclub singers
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Minor "Warner Bros" film given life by Robinson.
30 August 2017 | by alexanderdavies-99382See all my reviews

"Two Seconds" is a relatively minor film by "Warner Bros." The story is fairly basic and low key. The cast is quite small and the entire film was made on soundstages. It is the performance of Edward G. Robinson that makes "Two Seconds" so memorable. He gives a truly in-depth performance that is a mixture of humour, tension and then despair. The film's plot is mainly a flashback, with Robinson looking back on the circumstances that led to his being incarcerated in the first place. He is unfortunate enough to be in the hands of a callous and vindictive woman and he can only tolerate her for so long..... I particularly enjoyed the scene where Robinson talks to the camera, to give the impression that he is addressing a person. His monologue lasts for a few minutes as the camera slowly draws closer to Robinson and the set goes dark apart from one light that is focused upon him. It is a powerful scene and captivating. The film isn't a long one and the time races by.


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