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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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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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Presumably due to the depiction in the film, Swansea Library would not give permission for filming. The film uses the Glynn Vivian art gallery, directly over the road, for exteriors instead. 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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A nicely understated gem from Peter Sellers and a good supporting cast
27 May 2007 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Peter Sellers was always at his best in this type of local comedy. His randy Welsh librarian, frustrated with his dead-end job, has a part-time job as a reporter on the local newspaper, doing reviews of the local repertory theatre. We see his dreary home life; his long-suffering wife - a lovely performance from Virginia Maskell; his interchanges with his hypochondriac neighbour - Kenneth Griffiths. Enter the glamorous Mai Zetterling, wife of the local big-wig (Raymond Huntley)and Seller's life is catapulted into confusions. A chance of promotion - in exchange for sexual favours with Mai - catapults him into a sequence of very funny situations. One, a confrontation with an avant-garde poet/playwright - a beautiful cameo role by Richard Attenborough - is hilarious and the whole film progresses at a very satisfying pace, never descending in to farce. It would be nice to have it available in DVD format. It is a much better example of some of Seller's work, such as the farcical Pink Panther froth.


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