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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Vivienne Osborne ...
Guy Kibbee ...
Preston Foster ...
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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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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Drama | Film-Noir

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28 May 1932 (USA)  »

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

Quotes

Shirley Day: [Getting ready to leave for the dance hall in a tight-fitting dress] Well, Big Boy, what do I look like now?
John Allen: [Contemptuously] Just like what you are!
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Lucky Day
(uncredited)
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Lew Brown and Buddy G. DeSylva
Sung by Preston Foster
Also played when Bud and John are waiting for the bookie
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Superior Acting by Edward G. Robinson
10 May 2002 | by (Oklahoma, United States) – See all my reviews

The movie, itself, may not be the finest available for viewing entertainment. However, the outstanding acting skills of Edward G. Robinson are fulling exploited and beautifully captured. And, that talent, that genius, makes "Two Seconds" a must see.

Robinson shows the depth of his talents and the emotions he is capable of demonstrating. Ah, that contemporary actors could act so well. Watch the expressions on his face, watch his hands, watch his walk, watch the pain -- this is not melodrama, this is a thespian par excellence showing the world how it is done.

Alas, the movies does not appear to be available for purchase, but this is one outstanding film that should be in any collection of those who are serious about studying drama and acting skills.


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