A kind of marvelous. One of the greatest achievements of the marriage between "angry young man" drama and the Free Cinema movement in Britain in the early 1960s, this was Schlesinger's first feature after a successful sojourn in commercials.
Bates stars as Vic Brown, a draftsman in a Lancashire factory attracted to Ingrid Rothwell (Ritchie), a typist at the plant. They sleep together at her place when her mother (Hird) is out of town and though Ingrid falls hard for Vic, he soon loses interest in her. Her pregnancy, however, leads to
marriage and life with the domineering, snobbish Mrs. Rothwell. After Ingrid has a miscarriage Vic regrets having said "I do" and ...