The Theatre: New Plays in Manhattan: Oct. 19, 1931

Two Seconds. In the two seconds before his brain is paralyzed in the electric chair Elliott Lester's murderer reviews his life, thereby cutting 58 seconds from the record established by Maxwell Bodenheim in a novel (Sixty Seconds) in 1929. Nineteen scenes pass through his mind; at the end of them he is dead. The unfortunate killer is one John Allen (Edward Pawley), steel worker atop a skyscraper. He looks down pityingly on the "flies" beneath. Then he descends, marries a taxi-dancer (Blyth Daly), becomes a...

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