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Only Two Can Play (1962)

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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Nominated for 4 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win. See more awards »
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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
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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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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 »

Goofs

A bus leaves the top of Swansea (Town Hill Area) to travel direct into Swansea ( 2 Miles) But goes through the Town pf Llanelli which is 10 Miles away towards the west of Wales. 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.
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Referenced in High Hopes: Only Two Can Play (2004) See more »

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wonderful little Peter Sellers portrayal of a desperate Welsh librarian.
30 May 2002 | by (Minneapolis, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

This is a terrific example of a number of little English gems that Sellers made before his international stardom as Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther. The writing and directing are wonderful as is the great black and white cinematography that captures a dismal Welsh mining town. See it if you can find it.


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