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An Hour for Lunch (1939)

Approved | | Short, Comedy | 18 March 1939 (USA)

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Benchley shows how to budget one's time during lunch hour to get things done efficiently. Unfortunately, things don't go as planned.

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Robert Benchley demonstrates how to use a lunch hour when one has several things to do besides eat lunch. He goes to the barbershop to get a haircut but his favorite barber is busy. He drops by a department store to exchange a shirt that was the wrong size, but when he gets there he finds he left the shirt in his office. Then comes an attempt to grad a quick lunch at a drugstore counter but a man waiting behind him for his seat makes him so nervous that he leaves half his food untouched. And once back in his office he finds he has indigestion. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Very Funny Benchley Short
22 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

This is Robert Benchley at his best. In the film, he has an hour for lunch and a lot of errands to get done. At the beginning of the film, he lectures us as an expert on time management. Of course, the opposite is true. He is distracted by a huckster selling toys on the street and must stop to take his weight. His complete plan is thrown out of whack. When MGM got the Benchley shorts right, they are hilarious. This is one of those times. It's not just talking heads humor. There's a nice stretch of physical comedy in this film, too. Benchley is mostly forgotten these days, but these little shorts, frequently aired on Turner Classics, shows what a fine comedian he was.


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