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Two for the Seesaw (1962)

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 »

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

William Gibson (play), Isobel Lennart (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Robert Mitchum ... Jerry Ryan
Shirley MacLaine ... Gittel Mosca
Edmon Ryan ... Frank Taubman
Elisabeth Fraser ... Sophie
Eddie Firestone ... Oscar
Billy Gray Billy Gray ... Mr. Jacoby
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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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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cualquier día en cualquier esquina See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman were both set to do this film but when Taylor became ill during the early filming of Cleopatra (1963), Newman was able to do The Hustler (1961) instead. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Gittel 'Mosca' Moscawitz: What have you been doing in New York?
Jerry Ryan: Mostly walking, by day and by night.
Gittel 'Mosca' Moscawitz: Monotonous but healthy.
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Connections

Referenced in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis: Two for the Whipsaw (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Gitana
Written and Sung by Victor Lundin (as Vic Lundin)
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remarkable time capsule
19 May 2007 | by dedmedvedSee all my reviews

The post-beatnik / pre-hippie party scene is truly spectacular as a snapshot of a time/place rarely caught on film. While most of America was still living a black & white Eisenhower existence, this film shows the cutting edge NYC scene that had already moved beyond bebop and Kerouac and was just about to stumble full tilt into the Warhol Factory. The party scene probably seemed about as weird to middle America as the alien bar scene in Star Wars, fifteen years later. But one kid in every high school across the country changed their plans to attend 'State' and filled out last minute applications to NYU; they knew that they would grow old waiting for that world to reach their hometown.

A little known treat for anyone into the early days of "alt".


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