Movie Title: Seconds
Release Date: October 5, 1966
Studio: Gibraltar Productions, Joel Productions, John Frankenheimer Productions Inc., Paramount Pictures
Director: John Frankenheimer
Writers: Story by David Ely, screenplay by Lewis John Carlino
Cast: Rock Hudson as Antiochus ‘Tony’ Wilson, Salome Jens, John Randolph, Wesley Addy
Running Time: 100 min (original) / 107 (1996 re-release)
*Lobby cards are like posters but smaller, usually 11″ × 14″. Lobby cards are collected and their value depends on their age, quality and popularity. Typically issued in sets of eight, each featuring a different scene from the film. In unusual circumstances, some releases were promoted with larger (12 cards) or smaller sets (6 cards). In the United Kingdom, sets of lobby cards are more typically referred to as “Front Of House” cards. [Wikipedia]
• Was an official selection at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival
• This film along with 1962′s The Manchurian Candidate and 1964′s Seven Days in May are known as director Frankenheimer’s paranoia trilogy.
• According to IMDB, the house Rock Hudson’s character moves into belonged to the director
• Beach Boys member Brian Wilson reportedly saw this movie under the influence of drugs around the time he was recording his “Smile” album. He came into the theater late and the first dialogue he heard onscreen was “Come in, Mr. Wilson”. He became extremely paranoid convinced rival produced Phil Spector had convinced the studios to make the films to “mess with his mind”. He didn’t return to the theater till almost 20 years later in 1982 to see ET.
Below is a copy of a telegram (Seconds director) John Frankenheimer sent to Rock on December 17, 1964 discussing working with him on Seconds. You can purchase the original copy over at the RH Estate Collection.
Below is a clip from the movie with commentary by director John Frankenheimer discussing making Rock ugly.
Here are bits pulled from the original 1966 pressbook for the film. Click here to download the full copy (minus a few small clippings).