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|The Love Ban|
|Directed by||Ralph Thomas|
|Based on||the play It's a 2'6" Above the Ground World by Kevin Laffan|
|Produced by||Betty E. Box|
|Edited by||Roy Watts|
|Music by||Stanley Myers|
|Distributed by||British Lion Films|
|25 January 1973|
The Love Ban is a 1973 British comedy film directed by Ralph Thomas and starring Hywel Bennett, Nanette Newman and Milo O'Shea. It was based on a play by Kevin Laffan. It is also known under the alternative titles of It's a 2'6" Above the Ground World and Anyone for Sex?
A married couple with six children experience marital difficulties. Wife Kate refuses to sleep with husband Mick until he uses birth control, while their live-in au-pair falls pregnant.
- Hywel Bennett as Mick Goonahan
- Nanette Newman as Kate Goonahan
- Milo O'Shea as Father Andrew
- Angharad Rees as Jackie
- Nicky Henson as Baker
- Georgina Hale as Joyce
- Madeline Smith as Miss Partridge
- Peter Barkworth as Bra Factory Director
- John Cleese as Contraceptives Lecturer
- Marianne Stone as Customer In Chemists
- Nina Baden-Semper as Skyline Waitress
- Cheryl Hall as Pregnant Woman
- Jacki Piper as Pregnant Woman
- David Howey as Barber
- Tommy Godfrey as Barber
- James Leith as Policeman
- Tony Haygarth as Policeman
The film was based on a 1969 play by Kevin Laffan, It's a 2'6" Above the Ground World. Laffan was one of 14 children from a devout Roman Catholic family and his critical view on the Church's stance on birth control was a recurring theme of his work. The play starred Prunella Scales in a production at the Bristol Old Vic, and was a hit, moving to the Wyndham's Theatre.
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