Two for the Seesaw

Synopsis: Jerry Ryan is wandering aimlessly around New York, having given up his law career in Nebraska when his wife asked for a divorce. He meets up with Gittel Mosca, an impoverished dancer from Greenwich Village, and the two try to straighten out their lives together.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Robert Wise
Production: United Artists
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
119 min

Did you call about the icebox or not?

- Not.

- Well, I can't follow this. You called.

I called because I was going

out of my head in solitary.

I called to make contact with someone

of the weaker sex, who's weaker.

OK, here I am. Contact.

I called to ask you to dinner tonight.

And a show, if you like.

- Well, why didn't ya?

- I was afraid you'd say yes or no.

- I would have said "Sure"!

- Right away we have problems.

- What show? Where to eat?

- Wait! Now I'm not so sure.

I don't know if I want to get involved.

You sound complicated.

- Oh.

- I'm the girl, right? And you're the man.

Make up your mind, ask me,

and I'll make up mine.

- Been trying for a month.

- To ask me to dinner?

No, to get unstuck

from a piece of flypaper.

After you've broken your leg in five places

you hesitate to make that first step.

Reason I hung up on you was because

I didn't want to say, "Please, help me".

Look, I've a date with some kids.

It'll keep me busy till maybe 6.30pm.

Meet where we're gonna eat, say 6.45pm?

- Say, 6.45pm.

- You like to eat Chinese?

- Yeah.

- There's a place, The Peacock,

on 4th Street, near Sheridan Square.

It's in the book. Cantonese.

- Is it OK enough to?

- Is what OK enough to?

- Your leg?

- It may have affected my head!

But I'll meet you, The Peacock,

Cantonese, 6.45pm, OK?


- I'm late.

- Yeah, I know.

- Next time I'll make sarcastic remarks.

- We're on next time already!

Kinda fast, so we can make a show.

- Yes, ma'am.

- Plain rice. You like fried?

- No.

- Plain rice and tea. Two.

- Yes, ma'am.

- I'd like coffee now.

Yes, sir.

So... you're an out-of-town type, huh?

- Nebraska.

- Nebraska?

- Is that in California?

- No, that's Nevada you're thinking about

- that's in California.

- What have you been doing in New York?

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Isobel Lennart

Isobel Lennart (May 18, 1915 - January 25, 1971) was an American screenwriter and playwright. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Lennart moved to Hollywood, where she was hired to work in the MGM mail room, a job she lost when she attempted to organize a union. She joined the Communist Party in 1939 but left five years later. Lennart's first script, The Affairs of Martha, an original comedy about the residents of a wealthy community who fear their secrets are about to be revealed in an exposé written by one of their maids, was filmed in 1942 with Spring Byington, Marjorie Main, and Richard Carlson. This was followed in quick succession by A Stranger in Town, Anchors Aweigh, and It Happened in Brooklyn. In 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) began an investigation into the motion picture industry. Although she was never blacklisted, Lennart, a former member of the Young Communist League, testified to HUAC in 1952 to avoid being blacklisted. She later regretted this decision. Lennart's later screen credits include A Life of Her Own, Love Me or Leave Me, Merry Andrew, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, The Sundowners, and Two for the Seesaw. In 1964, Lennart wrote the book for the Broadway musical Funny Girl, based on the life and career of Fanny Brice and her tempestuous relationship with gambler Nicky Arnstein. It catapulted Barbra Streisand to fame and earned her a Tony Award nomination. In 1968, Lennart wrote the screen adaptation, which won her a Writers Guild of America award for Best Screenplay. It proved to be her last work. Three years later, she was killed in an automobile accident in Hemet, California. Lennart married actor/writer John Harding in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1945. They had two children, Joshua Lennart Harding (December 27, 1947 - August 4, 1971) and Sarah Elizabeth Harding (born November 24, 1951). more…

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