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Only Two Can Play (1962)

John Lewis is bored by his librarian's job and henpecked at home. Then Liz, wife of a local counciller, sets her sights on him. But this is risky stuff in a Welsh valleys town - if he and ... See full summary »

Director:

Sidney Gilliat

Writers:

Bryan Forbes (screenplay), Kingsley Amis (novel)
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Nominated for 4 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Sellers ... John Lewis
Mai Zetterling ... Liz
Virginia Maskell ... Jean Lewis
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... Ieuan Jenkins (as Kenneth Griffiths)
Raymond Huntley ... Vernon
David Davies David Davies ... Benyon
Maudie Edwards Maudie Edwards ... Mrs. Edna Davies
Meredith Edwards ... Clergyman on the Committee
John Le Mesurier ... Salter
Frederick Piper Frederick Piper ... Mr. Davies
Graham Stark ... Hyman
Eynon Evans Eynon Evans ... Town Hall Clerk
John Arnatt ... Bill
Sheila Manahan Sheila Manahan ... Mrs. Jenkins
Richard Attenborough ... Gareth L. Probert
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Storyline

John Lewis is bored by his librarian's job and henpecked at home. Then Liz, wife of a local counciller, sets her sights on him. But this is risky stuff in a Welsh valleys town - if he and Liz ever manage to consummate their affair, that is. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1962 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

A Segunda Mulher See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Author Kingsley Amis lectured at Swansea University for several years, and the fictional Welsh town of "Aberdarcy" in his novel and this movie is a portrait of Swansea, which was the movie's primary location. See more »

Goofs

When John mentions going to parties just so that people can get the name of his tailor, the shot before shows Jean with her arms down. When it cuts back, she is resting her head on her right hand. See more »

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[first lines]
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John Lewis: Uh...
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John Lewis: Yes... It's out at the moment but if you'd like to leave your name, I could reserve it for you.
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Crazy Credits

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wonderful little Peter Sellers portrayal of a desperate Welsh librarian.
30 May 2002 | by kjffSee all my reviews

This is a terrific example of a number of little English gems that Sellers made before his international stardom as Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther. The writing and directing are wonderful as is the great black and white cinematography that captures a dismal Welsh mining town. See it if you can find it.


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