Rattle of a Simple Man
Rattle of a Simple Man is a 1964 British comedy-drama film directed by Muriel Box and starring Diane Cilento, Harry H. Corbett and Michael Medwin, based on the 1963 play by Charles Dyer. The screenplay is about a naive man who becomes involved with a prostitute.
|Rattle of a Simple Man|
|Directed by||Muriel Box|
|Produced by||William J. Gell|
|Written by||Charles Dyer|
Harry H. Corbett
|Music by||Stanley Black|
|Cinematography||Reginald H. Wyer|
|Edited by||Frederick Wilson|
|Distributed by||Warner-Pathé Distributors (UK)|
Continental Distributing (US)
|7 September 1964 (London)|
20 December 1964 (US)
Percy is a 39-year-old socially inept, anxious virgin who pretends to be younger and travels by coach to London from Manchester with a group of friends to watch the FA Cup final. The group have a night out in Soho and a £50 bet leads Percy to spend the evening with prostitute Cyrenne.
- Diane Cilento as Cyrenne
- Harry H. Corbett as Percy Winthram
- Michael Medwin as Ginger
- Thora Hird as Mrs. Winthram
- Charles Dyer as Chalky
- Hugh Futcher as Ozzie
- Carole Gray as District Nurse
- Barbara Archer as Iris
- David Saire as Mario
- Alexander Davion as Ricardo
- John Ronane as Willie
- Michael Robbins as George
- George Roderick as Papa
- Marie Burke as Mama
- Bryan Mosley as Mr Stratton (uncredited)
- Marianne Stone as Barmaid
- Brian Wilde as Fred
- Ingrid Anthofer as 1st Stripper
- Karen Kaufman as 2nd Stripper
- Terence Brook as Strip Club Barman
- Eric Mason as Strip Club Doorman
- Thelma Taylor as Strip Club waitress
- David Burke as Jack
- Paul Ferris as Mike
- Frank Hawkins as Crying Man
- Roy Patrick as Sailor
- Doug Robinson as Big Joe
- Christine Taylor as Party Girl
- Marjie Lawrence as Barmaid (uncredited)
The film was not a success at the box office.
Variety commented that "most of the charm and tenderness that occasionally illuminated Charles Dyer’s successful play has been lost in this coarsened, fatuous film. Only a lively, vivid performance by Diane Cilento in a contrived role holds much interest, though a sound cast does spartan work in juggling the sparse material"; while Sky Movies called it "a rather touching and at times richly amusing extended playlet about an 'innocent' football fan from the north, and the night he spends talking to a London prostitute in her flat. Not very plausible, perhaps, but winningly done. As Cyrenne, the streetwalker, Diane Cilento is persuasive and just right. And Harry H Corbett was able to break away completely from his Steptoe image. Michael Medwin is also very good as Corbett's big-talking friend."
- Andrew Spicer, Sydney Box Manchester Uni Press 2006 p 183-183
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