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Two Seconds (1932)

 -  Drama | Film-Noir  -  28 May 1932 (USA)
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A condemned murderer, in the process of being executed, relives the events that led to his being sentenced to die in the electric chair.

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Vivienne Osborne ...
Guy Kibbee ...
Preston Foster ...
J. Carrol Naish ...
Tony (as J. Carroll Naish)
Frederick Burton ...
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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 ...
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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!

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The premise behind this film was previously used in The Last Moment (1928). See more »

Quotes

College Boy at Execution: Look, Doctor, when that current's turned on, how long will it take before it's all over?
The Prison Doctor: You mean before I'll pronounce him dead?
College Boy at Execution: No, before he actually is dead. Will he pass out as soon as the current hits him?
The Prison Doctor: No.
Reporter: He won't? I thought it was all over just like that!
[He snaps his finger]
The Prison Doctor: Not with a powerful fellow like John Allen. His body will be paralyzed but his brain will continue to function for... maybe two seconds.
College Boy at Execution: Gee, those'll be the longest two seconds he ever lived!
The Prison Doctor: Long enough for ...
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Whistle and Blow Your Blues Away
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Music by Carmen Lombardo
Played when Shirley dances with another guy
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Nice Little Pre-Code
2 February 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Two Seconds (1932)

*** (out of 4)

Interesting Warner drama about a man (Edward G. Robinson) about to be executed in the electric chair. Before the execution a doctor tells the people watching that he will live for two seconds after the switch is pulled and in those two seconds his entire life will flash before his eyes. His entire life doesn't but we see how he ended up in this situation, which is do to falling for a questionable lady (Vivienne Osborne). I was happy to finally get the chance to see this after hearing some nice things about it over the years. For the most part the film does live up to its reputation as being a pretty strong pre-code that has some nice performances wrapped around a downbeat story. I think the best thing the movie has going for it is the performance of Robinson who really digs deep in a role many won't expect to see from him. I was really surprised to see Robinson handle the role of an every day's man who simply goes to work and comes home without much fan fair. I thought the actor was very believable in the role and he certainly made you feel for the character especially after the certain events take place and change his life. Osborne is also very good as she too perfectly fits in the role and really delivers as being that "nice guy" Robinson falls for only to quickly change into a snake. Guy Kibbee has a brief supporting role as does J. Carrol Naish and Preston Foster as the best friend. I think the film does go a bit over the top towards the end in regards to everything plays out. I won't spoil anything but what takes place with Robinson was just a bit too much for me but the courtroom scene was quite effective.


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