Cinema: False Alarm

"I thought I told you never to come here," barks the man at his mistress. The line is a cliche, but then so is the situation. A British salesman, Steve Howard (Rod Steiger), picks up a snippy, nubile hitchhiker named Ella (Judy Geeson). In a little black notebook, Ella has been rating her loves the way a teacher marks her pupils. After a night in a Birmingham hotel, she grants the salesman an A minus, a mark that prompts him to give his wife a D.

Howard blithely offers to make Ella his weekend resort, but she is not content to be...

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