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Lunch Hour (1961)

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A young designer and a married executive may be about to start an affair. A series of lunch hours play out the relationship.

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Shirley Anne Field ...
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Kay Walsh ...
Manageress
Hazel Hughes ...
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Michael Robbins ...
Harris
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Personnel manager
Neil Culleton ...
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Sandra Leo ...
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Peter Ashmore ...
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Vi Stevens ...
Waitress
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A young designer and a married executive may be about to start an affair. A series of lunch hours play out the relationship.

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Harris: Girls!
Man: What?
Harris: I said girls
Man: Oh, yeah
Harris: They can't spell, they can't type, they make 15 pounds a week, which took me the best part of my life to rise up to, and what use are they? Will you please tell me that, number two? They sit and read their horoscopes all day, they fill their desks with wet towels and flannels and toothpaste, they bung up the toilet with tea leaves, they burst into tears if you so much as mention the fact that they're half an hour late. What earthly use they are, I don't...
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Lunch-time lothario meets bunny-boiler in odd plot-twist?
20 January 2016 | by (London) – See all my reviews

To be honest, I don't quite know what to make of this. The meaning of the late plot twist I think becomes quite clear in the last scene with the expression on Shirley Anne Field's face. However with a great cast, great direction and photography, I wondered if the story really merits the super treatment granted to it. The scene where male management jostle each other in their anxiety to impress the young women staff (with Nigel Davenport perfect) is as well covered as it is a near-universal phenomenon.

But rather than make it a subject for wit or drama as it might have been on the Continent - and the affair at least satisfactorily consummated, John (of Rumpole fame) Mortimer's intention is obscure. The earlier part has its witty moments and nice little comic cameos but Mortimer seems determined to ensure that nobody, fictional characters or audience alike, derives much joy from the rest of it. The story and screenplay perhaps were more suited to television - the series Tales of Mystery and Imagination for example. Well worth seeing however for a luminous record of a young Shirley Anne Field, the late-great Robert Stephens, other performances and London in 1961. Significant that a film with such good ingredients received not a single award. A shame that nobody got John Mortimer to re-write the script, presumably nobody dared?

Grateful that Talking Pictures screened it.


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