Two Minutes (1939)

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  • The Silence Alternative


James Selworthy is trying to establish himself as a writer. Supported by his wife Molly, he sends off manuscripts to publishers, but is turned down again and again. When war breaks out, he joins the army and fights in the trenches. In the meantime, Molly starts working in a factory that produces amunition and loses one hand in a work related accident. In a parallel storyline, Celia Willoughby, a young girl, is told by her father Padre Willoughby that the purpose of life is to "add to other peoples' lives". Shortly afterwards he too leaves in order to fight in the war, where he gets killed in action. His last words repeat the message to his daughter, and he asks his comrades to pass it on to her. After the war, James returns to his wife. Molly convinces him to use her compensation money to get him established as a writer. Her sacrifice pays off and James becomes a highly successful novelist. Celia Willoughby, who has become a journalist, makes an interview for her paper with him. They fall in love and James decides to leave Molly for Celia. The lovers elope together, but feel too guilty to go through with their plan in the end; James realises how much he ows to his wife and Celia remembers her father's last words.

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