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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 ...
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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 ...
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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!

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

Quotes

John Allen: [Referring to Bud's racetrack winnings] Say, you ain't gonna blow him the whole 38?
Bud Clark: Well, I sure am! You don't spend easy money fast, no more will ever come to you.
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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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Seedy pre code melodrama-- another tainted gem by Mervyn LeRoy
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There's no chance a movie like this is coming out of Hollywood this decade or the previous decade or in the nineties or eighties. Two Seconds is the story of an unhappy steel worker and his squalid little life. At times, Edward G. Robinson is very over the top, but when it matters, his performance is crackling with authenticity and passion and it is clear why this small and unattractive man became a huge Hollywood icon. His fire is undeniable.

Unpredictably plotted in the way many pre-code B pictures were, this piece is always engaging and alive and perhaps a bit too short. It contains an absolutely searing monologue that you will never forget and overall the work is a dirty window through which the desperation of life for the lower class in 1930 American can be gleaned.

A good film and a rich portrait.

(I saw 35mm prints of the movie at Film Forum, N.Y. on two occasions.)


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