Two for the Seesaw (1962)

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.
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Robert Mitchum
as Jerry Ryan
Shirley MacLaine
as Gittel 'Mosca' Moscawitz
Edmon Ryan
as Taubman
Edmond Ryan
as Frank 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.

Full Review… | December 26, 2009
Film Freak Central

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

March 14, 2009

Stage-bound and too talky.

Full Review… | January 16, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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October 7, 2005
International Press Academy

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June 27, 2005

Audience Reviews for Two for the Seesaw


The first thing I have to say is that this film looks amazing, the crisp B & W photography is gorgeous from the first frame until the credits roll, and both Mitchum and MacLaine are fun to watch in their roles. His uptight laconic routine plays nicely against her whimsical free spirit, even as they spend the film dancing around truly depressing situation and refusing to allow themselves to commit to one another. Good film, worth tracking down.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

one of "THOSE FILMS" that you would probably have to special order. Beautiful 2:35.1 aspect ratio Black and White cinematography. I have to see this again, without interruption.

Gordon Terry
Gordon Terry

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.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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