Two for the Seesaw (1962) - Rotten Tomatoes

Two for the Seesaw1962

Two for the Seesaw (1962)




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Based on the two-character play by William Gibson, Two for the Seesaw was unnecessarily expanded for the film version. Robert Mitchum plays an Omaha businessman, newly arrived in New York. Though unhappily married, Mitchum is averse to asking for a divorce. This state of affairs gets dicey when Mitchum falls in love with Bronx-born professional dancer Shirley MacLaine. Once he does get a divorce, Mitchum, nervous about making any new commitments, fails to tell MacLaine. Though they remain fond of one another, Mitchum and MacLaine finally realize that any future relationship will do more harm than good for both of them. The original Broadway production of Two for the Seesaw starred Henry Fonda and Anne Bancroft; by the time the film was made, Fonda was feuding with playwright Gibson and Bancroft was filming The Miracle Worker, so Mitchum and MacLaine were substituted. She is ideally suited to her role, but he seems ill at ease playing an indecisive jerk. Two for the Seesaw is at its best when concentrating on the minimalist text of the original play; the inclusion of secondary characters and location photography adds little to the project.

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Robert Mitchum
as Jerry Ryan
Shirley MacLaine
as Gittel 'Mosca' Moscawitz
Edmond Ryan
as Frank Taubman
Edmon Ryan
as Taubman
Billy Gray
as Mr. Jacoby
Vic Lundin
as Beat Singer
Shirley Cytron
as (uncredited)
Cia Dave
as (uncredited)
Virginia Whitmore
as (uncredited)
Colin Campbell
as (uncredited)
Mike Enserro
as (uncredited)
Moira Turner
as (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Two for the Seesaw

All Critics (5)

Two for the Seesaw is, quite frankly, one for the cinematic dustbin.

December 26, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

OK drama featuring Mitchum and MacLaine, who work somewhat oddly well together.

March 14, 2009 | Rating: 3/5

Stage-bound and too talky.

January 16, 2007 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Two for the Seesaw

Strong performances from the leads, although Shirley's accent is reminiscent of Anne Bancroft who originated the role on Broadway and might have seemed more at home in the part. Well directed by Wise but if interpersonal dramas aren't your thing-steer clear of this.

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