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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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Complete credited cast:
John Lewis
Virginia Maskell ...
Jean Lewis
Kenneth Griffith ...
Ieuan Jenkins (as Kenneth Griffiths)
Raymond Huntley ...
David Davies ...
Maudie Edwards ...
Meredith Edwards ...
Clergyman on the Committee
Frederick Piper ...
Mr. Davies
Graham Stark ...
Eynon Evans ...
Town Hall Clerk
John Arnatt ...
Sheila Manahan ...
Mrs. Jenkins
Gareth L. Probert


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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20 March 1962 (USA)  »

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A Segunda Mulher  »

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Peter Sellers won great acclaim for his performance in this film, but was difficult to work with throughout the filming. He repeatedly asked director Sidney Gilliat to replace Virginia Maskell, who played his wife, and, when Gilliat refused, he became convinced that the film would be a disaster, said so publicly and sold his percentage of the profits back to Launder and Gilliat. It proved a big commercial and critical hit (with Maskell winning excellent reviews), and so he lost out on a lot of money - perhaps because of this, he continued to bad-mouth the film for the rest of his life. See more »


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 »


[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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Referenced in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004) See more »

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Great early Sellers in B/W
3 July 2004 | by (sparks, nevada) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this on late night when I was about 10 and along with The Mouse that Roared turned me into a Peter Sellers fan for life! I really prefer his early British films, although he was great in Strangelove and as Clouseau. I'm Allright, Jack is a particular favorite, along with The Naked Truth, Heavens Above!, The Smallest Show on Earth, and Carleton Browne of the F.O.

This is a sly, personal film about marriage and infidelity and it was nice to see director Mai Zetterling in a role that suited her. With all the blockbuster junk-filled spectacles, there will always be a place for wonderful little films like this.

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