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Two Seconds

death row film noir murder flashback capital punishment execution dancehall girl pre-code dancehall

Two Seconds

Release Date: May 28, 1932

Year    :   1932
Slogan    :   «HIS LIFE WAS A LIVING HELL until he killed the thing that Crushed him!»
Genres    :   Drama, Crime
Production Companies    :   First National Pictures
Director    :   Mervyn LeRoy
Producers    :   Hal B. Wallis
Writers    :   Harvey F. Thew, Elliott Lester
RunTime    :   67 mins.

A condemned murderer, in the process of being executed, relives the events that led to his being sentenced to die in the electric chair. Told in flashback, we witness a sleazy dancehall girl (Vivienne Osborne) dupe a high rise riveter (Edward G. Robinson) into marriage so she can live off of him. But when he loses his job and his marbles, she ends up supporting him with money from her side man--and misses no opportunity to rub it in Robinson's face that she's now supporting him in his emasculated state. As the animosity grows and things get more and more unbearable for Robinson, he is eventually driven to desperate measures.

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