MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 4,773 this week

Only Two Can Play (1962)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  20 March 1962 (USA)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 675 users  
Reviews: 23 user | 4 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 29 Mar 2011
 
a list of 34 titles
created 27 Apr 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 20 Aug 2013
 
a list of 32 titles
created 13 Feb 2014
 
a list of 41 titles
created 3 weeks ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Only Two Can Play (1962)

Only Two Can Play (1962) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Only Two Can Play.
Nominated for 4 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Man-eating businesswoman, Angela Barrows is sent by her US company to Edinburgh to investigate export opportunities. She meets businessman Robert MacPherson en route and he persuades her to... See full summary »

Director: Charles Crichton
Stars: Peter Sellers, Robert Morley, Constance Cummings
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A Millionairess and a doctor cannot marry until they meet conditions set-up by their respective parents.

Director: Anthony Asquith
Stars: Sophia Loren, Peter Sellers, Alastair Sim
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Three expectant mothers think back over their sex lives.

Director: Mai Zetterling
Stars: Harriet Andersson, Gunnel Lindblom, Gio Petré
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A thirty-something square falls in love with a hippie and decides to "drop out" himself.

Director: Hy Averback
Stars: Peter Sellers, Jo Van Fleet, Leigh Taylor-Young
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A mischievous, adventuresome fourteen-year-old girl and her best friend begin following an eccentric concert pianist around New York City after she develops a crush on him.

Director: George Roy Hill
Stars: Peter Sellers, Tippy Walker, Merrie Spaeth
Biography | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

William Topaz McGonagall, the world's greateset poet. Unfortunately the whole of the rest of the world disagreed. His talent made him a sort of Victorian Chris Evans but without the cash.

Director: Joseph McGrath
Stars: Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Julia Foster
The Wrong Box (1966)
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In Victorian England, a fortune now depends on which of two brothers outlives the other... or can be made to have seemed to do so!

Director: Bryan Forbes
Stars: John Mills, Michael Caine, Ralph Richardson
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An impoverished backward nation declares a war on the United States of America, hoping to lose, but things don't go according to plan.

Director: Jack Arnold
Stars: Peter Sellers, Jean Seberg, William Hartnell
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young couple inherits a debt-ridden old movie theater, appropriately nicknamed "The Flea Pit," and the three eccentric senior citizens who work there.

Director: Basil Dearden
Stars: Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Margaret Rutherford
The Girls (1968)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Three actresses prepare to go on the road in a theater production of Lysistrata, Aristophanes' classic comic play about women and war. As they re-assess and deal with the problems in their ... See full summary »

Director: Mai Zetterling
Stars: Bibi Andersson, Harriet Andersson, Gunnel Lindblom
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

TV personality Robert Danvers, an exceedingly vain rotter, seduces young women daily, never staying long with one. He meets his match in Marion, an American, 19, who's available but refuses... See full summary »

Director: Roy Boulting
Stars: Peter Sellers, Goldie Hawn, Tony Britton
Nattlek (1966)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The story about a man who's trying to get rid of his memories from his past. He grew up in an upperclass-family in a castle and now revisits the castle with his fioncee.

Director: Mai Zetterling
Stars: Ingrid Thulin, Keve Hjelm, Jörgen Lindström
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
John Lewis
...
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
...
Salter
Frederick Piper ...
Mr. Davies
Graham Stark ...
Hyman
Eynon Evans ...
Town Hall Clerk
John Arnatt ...
Bill
Sheila Manahan ...
Mrs. Jenkins
...
Gareth L. Probert
Edit

Storyline

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}

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 March 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Segunda Mulher  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in High Hopes: Only Two Can Play (2004) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Only Two Can Play (1962) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?