Movie Monday: Two for the Seesaw 1962


Jerry is all alone in his life, for the first time in over 12 years. His marriage is over. He has abandoned his life as a lawyer in Nebraska, and spends his days wandering around New York City with just an allowance of three dollars a day. Aimless and lonely, Jerry wanders over to the apartment of a very old friend, who is now a beatnik painter playing host to a party full of hipsters- one of which being the cute, carefree Gittel who instantly charms Jerry with just a couple of outspoken comments about his hat.

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Gittel and Jerry strike up a very unexpected romance, and as opposite as the two of them are, it sort of works out for them. For a little while. Until Jerry's wife (divorce pending) starts calling his apartment asking questions and crying into the phone.

Two for the Seesaw is a very interesting look into a mismatched relationship, both characters relatable and sympathetic for the viewer. I was impressed with how realistic everything felt, especially since I'm not convinced that Robert Mitchum is one of the great actors of the 20th Century. But, playing alongside Shirley MacLaine he held his own, and served up a performance which I think might be one of his greatest.

If you like character development, romance, and a story line that pulls at the heart strings, be sure to check it out!

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4 Responses

  1. Charlie says:

    Robert Mitchum is a tricky character actor to me, like Clark Gable. When he’s good, he good but they’re some roles of him that make me wince when I’m watching them. I just saw him in Cape Fear this weekend and I liked his characterization of Max Cady, though DeNiro put a whole different spin on it, but if you’ve seen his some of his noir films, especially Out of the Past, you can see why he’s a praised actor.

  2. Ooh, I very much like the sound of this! Plus, with Shirley at the helm, you know you can’t go too far wrong…hmm, sudden hankering for a beatnik-style sweater…

  3. Kathryn says:

    ooh thank you for this movie tip – it sounds like something I’d really enjoy! Shirley MacLaine is such a great actress and can make even a bad film worth watching! I recently watched ‘Yellow Rolls Royce’ and ‘the Children’s Hour’ (she starred in both) and would highly recommend them if you haven’t seen them.
    I also liked your review of ‘Daddy Long legs’ and have now added both these films to my ‘Love Film’ – thanks for your Movie Monday’s!

  4. Sue says:

    How do I not know about this film?!! Definitely checking this out sometime soon.