The B-Movie Podcast

The B-Movie Podcast: Who am I, I am me? – Seconds

We have a special guest, Marie O’Sullivan from the site joining us this week to discuss Seconds.

We have a first with this double feature; a double feature completely curated by someone else.  Our guest this week Marie curated this specific double feature.  We continue with Frankenheimer’s Seconds. It’s ironic that we’re talking about Seconds this week.  A mere two weeks prior we discussed Frankenheimer’s The Train, the film he made before Seconds.  The change in style and genre shows Frankenheimer’s power and prowess as a filmmaker.  The film begins with an intriguing offer to an aging rich man; what if you could be young again?  With that simple premise Frankenheimer creates one of the ultimate paranoid thrillers of the 1960s and one of Rock Hudson’s best performances.  Hudson still a manatee idol in this time period goes against type playing an older man in a young man’s body.  Long forgotten until the DVD days brought it back to semi-prominence.  Still a cult item as compared to Frankenheimer’s more popular work.

Release Year: 1966

Director: John Frankenheimer

Writer(s): Lewis John Carlino

Cast of Note: Rock Hudson, Salome Jens, John Randolph, Will Greer, Jeff Corey, Richard Anderson, Murry Hamilton, Karl Swenson, Khigh Dhiegh, Frances Reid, Wesley Addy, John Lawrence

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