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Only Two Can Play (1962)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  20 March 1962 (USA)
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John Lewis is bored by his librarian's job and henpecked at home. Then Liz, wife of a local counciller, sets her sights on him. But this is risky stuff in a Welsh valleys town - if he and ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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John Lewis
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Liz
Virginia Maskell ...
Jean Lewis
Kenneth Griffith ...
Ieuan Jenkins (as Kenneth Griffiths)
Raymond Huntley ...
Vernon
David Davies ...
Benyon
Maudie Edwards ...
Meredith Edwards ...
Clergyman on the Committee
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Salter
Frederick Piper ...
Mr. Davies
Graham Stark ...
Hyman
Eynon Evans ...
Town Hall Clerk
John Arnatt ...
Bill
Sheila Manahan ...
Mrs. Jenkins
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Gareth L. Probert
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John Lewis is bored by his librarian's job and henpecked at home. Then Liz, wife of a local counciller, sets her sights on him. But this is risky stuff in a Welsh valleys town - if he and Liz ever manage to consummate their affair, that is. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The South Wales town the film is set in - Aberdarcy - is a fictional one. See more »

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When John mentions going to parties just so that people can get the name of his tailor, the shot before shows Jean with her arms down. When it cuts back, she is resting her head on her right hand. See more »

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[first lines]
Pretty Girl in Library: Good morning. Have you "Conditioned Reflexes"?
John Lewis: Uh...
Pretty Girl in Library: It's by Pavlov.
John Lewis: Yes... It's out at the moment but if you'd like to leave your name, I could reserve it for you.
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Peter Sellers in one of his more serious characterizations
18 May 2007 | by (Victoria, BC, Canada) – See all my reviews

I was not surprised to see that this movie was based on the black humour of Kingsley Amis. Do not expect from Sellers the slapstick farce of the Pink Panther days or the sparkling multiple personalities of the "Mouse that Roared" or the radio Goon shows. Instead, here is a believable person whose comedy arises from his all-too-human reaction to the situation in which he finds himself.

The "usual suspects" put up fine character performances, there are funny moments enough. If the movie is not quite the comic equal of "I'm All Right Jack", or other Sellers movies of the early 60s, perhaps it is because the comedy and its resolution are a little too conventional to show Sellers at his best. It is still worth watching to see Sellers at his best as a serious actor.

As another comment mentioned, the black-&-white filming is also just right for the subject.


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