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Two for the Seesaw (1962)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  24 November 1962 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Jerry Ryan
Gittel 'Mosca' Moscawitz
Edmon Ryan ...
Frank Taubman
Elisabeth Fraser ...
Eddie Firestone ...
Billy Gray ...
Mr. Jacoby
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julie Allred


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!


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

24 November 1962 (USA)  »

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Two for the Seesaw  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Based on the Broadway play, which starred Anne Bancroft and Henry Fonda. See more »


During one of first phone conversations between Gittel and Jerry, albums in her record rack don't come close to matching from shot to shot. See more »


Jerry Ryan: You've nothing better to do.
Gittel 'Mosca' Moscawitz: I've eleven different things I could be doing!
Jerry Ryan: Different isn't better. Why aren't you doing them?
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Referenced in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis: Two for the Whipsaw (1963) See more »


Second Chance
Music by André Previn
Lyrics by Dory Previn
Sung by Jackie Cain (uncredited)
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Touching, intimate love story full of atmosphere and offbeat charm
17 January 2004 | by (Illinois, USA) – See all my reviews

Robert Mitchum and Shirley MacLaine are well-cast in this engaging love story set in NYC and shot in gritty, atmospheric black and white. Mitchum's wonderfully-modulated performance as a middle-aged lawyer on the rebound, and MacLaine's as the effervescent young dancer he becomes involved with, mesh very appealingly. The Broadway-caliber dialogue is more sophisticated, and the emotional level more intimate, than the films the two were typically making at the time. If "The Grass is Greener", a Mitchum (and Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr!) film from the same period and also an adaptation of a stage play, is a tepid example of how *not* to bring a play to the screen, "Two for the Seesaw" is a vibrant example of how to use film to endow a play with an intimacy that would be impossible to achieve onstage. Major kudos to Mitchum, MacLaine, and the director, Robert Wise.

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