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Two for the Seesaw (1962)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 24 November 1962 (USA)
Jerry Ryan is wandering aimlessly around New York, having given up his law career in Nebraska when his wife asked for a divorce. He meets up with Gittel Mosca, an impoverished dancer from ... See full summary »

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Edmon Ryan ...
Frank Taubman
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Jerry Ryan is wandering aimlessly around New York, having given up his law career in Nebraska when his wife asked for a divorce. He meets up with Gittel Mosca, an impoverished dancer from Greenwich Village, and the two try to straighten out their lives together. Written by Will Gilbert

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a square from Nebraska? an off-beatnik from Greenwich Village? It just didn't figure... that they would... that they could... that they did!

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Cualquier día en cualquier esquina  »

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Shirley MacLaine and Robert Mitchum began a love affair that lasted four years during the shooting of this film. See more »

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At c.15 minutes, in the Chinese restaurant, Jerry and Gittel order two bowls of rice but the waiter only brings them one bowl with their meat dish and a dipping sauce. See more »

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Jerry Ryan: Didn't you understand one word I said?
Gittel 'Mosca' Moscawitz: Sure! As a juror I'd give me five years.
Jerry Ryan: I'm not kidding. Need someone.
Gittel 'Mosca' Moscawitz: Let go!
Jerry Ryan: Need someone.
Gittel 'Mosca' Moscawitz: Or what? Let me go or I'll yell.
Jerry Ryan: No, you won't.
Gittel 'Mosca' Moscawitz: Help!
Jerry Ryan: You lunatic. Somebody'll come.
Gittel 'Mosca' Moscawitz: Nobody'll come, it's New York.
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Surprisingly Great.
6 October 2005 | by (making films) – See all my reviews

I call this film surprisingly great not because I was shocked that Mitchum or MacLane delivered fine performances, it's surprisingly good because of everything else this film has... in addition to M&M's delicious performances. I had no idea what to expect before watching this, just the way I like it. Because then I get the 5-10 minute rule to takeover -- either I'm hooked or I'm not.

Well it started right away. This thing was shot in B&W anamorphic, and shot beautifully. The opening shots drew me in for their wide angles and good framing and nice dramatic lighting(ie what normal people call a good mood setter)... noirish in some respects. And then it sucked me right in.

Maybe because it started on the stage and the scenes were so long but the dialogue was so well crafted that you just had to pay attention.

Maybe the fantastic real life portrayals by M&M - not straying nor betraying.

But I found myself constantly wanting to talk some sense into Jerry and Gittel -- ah thats what cinema is -- the desire to find out how it ends. And what an ending it is... I'll leave it at that.

I give it a 10 because it maybe is among the very best of this category

  • the "realistic character dialogue romance featuring two very odd


strangers (think Stewart and Novak in Vertigo)". Shot well, acted well... kept me glued to the end. I give it 10 and not 9 because well, without spoiling it -- they didn't go where they could have gone. And I think that most audiences won't understand that final point once they see it. Thats a shame. But those who understand will agree - brilliance all around.

10 from me. And thats saying a HELLUVA lot.


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