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Lunch Hour (1961)

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The stunning British actress Shirley Anne Field never became the huge star one might have reasonably anticipated, even after Hollywood came calling. She gave luminous, radiant performances, no matter the material. Here she’s the new illustrator in a design firm who is spotted by a married executive (Robert Stephens) and their lunchtime encounters are played out in locations in Holborn and Chancery Lane as the relationship runs its course. It’s imaginatively written for such a small-scale piece by playwright John Mortimer and it’s directed by James Hill who would make a bigger splash a few years later with Born Free. This was a Bryanston Films production, a conglomerate formed by like-minded producers in the wake of the collapse of Ealing Studios.

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