Only Two Can Play (1962) - Rotten Tomatoes

Only Two Can Play (1962)





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John Lewis (Peter Sellers) is a frustrated Welsh librarian with ambitions that go beyond his dead end job. He returns home each night to a run down apartment, a disenchanted wife and two unruly kids. The overbearing landlady adds to his discontentment. Things look bleak for John before he meets the beautiful wife of a busy influential businessman. Comedy ensues as the beautiful babe makes a play for him and every attempt at adultery is thwarted. Meanwhile, John's wife takes up with a poet of dubious talents (Richard Attenborough). The story is taken from the Kingsley Amis novel "That Uncertain Feeling."


Peter Sellers
as John Lewis
Richard Attenborough
as Gareth L. Probert
Virginia Maskell
as Jean Lewis
Kenneth Griffith
as Iaeun Jenkins
Maudie Edwards
as Mrs. Davies
Sheila Manahan
as Mrs. Jenkins
Eynon Evans
as Town Hall Clerk
Marjie Lawrence
as Girl in Bus
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Critic Reviews for Only Two Can Play

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Sidney Gilliat's direction is deft, and Sellers is in form, which is about as good as comedians come.

January 10, 2018 | Full Review…

A cheerless farce with pretensions of being a kitchen sink drama.

April 8, 2008 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Splendid early Sellers vehicle with great performances across the board.

July 19, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Only Two Can Play


Sellers in fine form as Welsh librarian in understated sex comedy. Fun to see him in scenes with the actor who would later be Clouseau's assistant in 'A Shot In The Dark.' Attenborough has a great time in small role of pompous local playwright.

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