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An Hour for Lunch (1939)

Approved | | Short, Comedy | 18 March 1939 (USA)
Benchley shows how to budget one's time during lunch hour to get things done efficiently. Unfortunately, things don't go as planned.

Director:

Roy Rowland

Writers:

Robert Lees (screen play), Frederic I. Rinaldo (screen play) (as Fred Rinaldo)
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Robert Benchley ... Lecturer / Joe
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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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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1939 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A Comedy Without the Laughs
29 August 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Hour for Lunch, An (1939)

** (out of 4)

MGM short has Robert Benchley playing host and telling us the best way to get the most done during your hour lunch break. Benchley also plays Joe, the poor soul who makes out a list of things to do on lunch but things don't go as planned. I've often said that Benchley is rather hit and miss with me with this one here missing the boat and almost completely. I was pretty surprised to see that not too much is done here or even tried for that matter. We see Benchley schedule a hair cut but there are too many people waiting. We see him try to get something to eat but the cafe is crowded. We see him trying to get on an elevator but too many other people are using it. None of this is very funny but the film doesn't even appear to be trying for it to be funny. Director Rowland keeps the film moving along at a nice pace and it's never boring but when a comedy doesn't feature any laughs then you must consider it a failure.


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