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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The radio in John's apartment is a RCA Radiola Super VIII, model AR-810. About 20,000 of these consoles were made from 1924-26. 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
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Music by Harry Warren
Played when Shirley plays the radio
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19 August 2004 | by acampbell1See all my reviews

I caught this movie last night when I couldn't sleep.Not being a fan of Edward G Robinson I decided to watch for the kitch appeal I guess I was expecting to see him play some world weary mob gut who would say funny things that I could repeat at work,well about 30 minutes in I was absolutely gob-smacked It was like watching a train wreck I could not take my eyes off it. I am not exaggerating when I say I will always remember this movie and be haunted absolutely haunted by the riviting almost painful job done by Mr.Robinson I thought I knew who this man was I thought I could judge his body of work with out ever seeing this movie I was wrong This movie will stay with me for a long long time


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