Two Loves (1961): Charles Waters’ Drama, Starring Shirley MacLaine, Laurence Harvey, Jack Hawkins, Nobu McCarthy (Education, Teachers, New Zealand, Maori)

Charles Walters directed Two Loves, a drama starring Shirley MacLaine, Laurence Harvey, Jack Hawkins, and Nobu McCarthy.

Two Loves
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Theatrical release poster

It is based on the book Spinster by Sylvia Ashton-Warner.

MacLaine plays American Anna Vorontosov, a teacher in rural school on New Zealand’s North Island. Her class of younger students is comprised largely of Maoris.  She feels that western methods are not appropriate in teaching her students.

The feature played at the 11th Berlin Film Fest.

MacLaine referred to it as “a terrible movie no one has ever heard of.”

Commercial Flop

The film earned $425,000 in the U.S. and $650,000 in other markets, resulting in a loss of $1,773,000.

Shirley MacLaine as Anna Vorontosov
Laurence Harvey as Paul Lathrope
Jack Hawkins as William W.J. Abercrombie
Nobu McCarthy as Whareparita
Ronald Long as Headmaster Reardon
Norah Howard as Mrs. Cutter
Juano Hernandez as Rauhuia


Directed by Charles Walters
Screenplay by Ben Maddow, based on “Spinster,” 1958 novel by Sylvia Ashton-Warner
Produced by Julian Blaustein
Cinematography Joseph Ruttenberg
Edited by Fredric Steinkamp
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn Mayer
Release date: June 21, 1961
Running time 96 minutes
Budget $2 million
Box office $1 million

Films directed by Charles Walters


Good News (1947)

Easter Parade (1948)

The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)

Summer Stock (1950)

Three Guys Named Mike (1951)

Texas Carnival (1951)

The Belle of New York (1952)

Lili (1953)

Dangerous When Wet (1953)

Torch Song (1953)

Easy to Love (1953)

The Glass Slipper (1955)

The Tender Trap (1955)

High Society (1956)

Don’t Go Near the Water (1957)

Ask Any Girl (1959)

Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (1960)

Cimarron (1960, uncredited)

Two Loves (1961)

Billy Rose’s Jumbo (1962)

The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)

Walk, Don’t Run (1966)