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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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Budget:

$310,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Even though the "Motion Picture Production Code" was established in 1930 its enforcement was not truly done until 1934. Evidence of that is during the dance hall scene where Vivienne Osborne is seen with significant side breast exposure. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Too Many Tears
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Shirley plays the radio
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Robinson is excellent in a film of suspect morality
4 September 2017 | by rdoyle29See all my reviews

Edward G. Robinson stars as a nice guy construction worker who meets and falls for a dance hall girl who gets him drunk and tricks him into marrying her. Robinson and his buddy argue over her on the job and his buddy falls to his death. Grief stricken, Robinson is unable to work and his wife goes back to her old ways to support him. A fantastic performance from Robinson anchors a fairly okay, hyper-melodramatic film that ultimately suggests it should be okay to your murder your wife if she turns to prostitution to support you. (Not really an opinion that stands up these days.)


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