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.[2] The screenplay is about a naive man who becomes involved with a prostitute.

Rattle of a Simple Man
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Directed byMuriel Box
Produced byWilliam J. Gell
Written byCharles Dyer
StarringDiane Cilento
Harry H. Corbett
Michael Medwin
Thora Hird
Music byStanley Black
CinematographyReginald H. Wyer
Edited byFrederick Wilson
Distributed byWarner-Pathé Distributors (UK)
Continental Distributing (US)
Release date
7 September 1964 (London)
20 December 1964 (US)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish, Italian


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.

Selected castEdit


Sydney Box emerged from a temporary retirement from filmmaking to buy the rights to the play for £50,000.[3] Box originally wanted Peter Sellers for the lead role but he was too expensive.[1]


Box officeEdit

The film was not a success at the box office.[1]


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";[4] 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."[5]


  1. ^ a b c Andrew Spicer, Sydney Box Manchester Uni Press 2006 p 183-183
  2. ^ "Rattle of a Simple Man". BFI.
  3. ^ Pearson, Kenneth. "Sydney Box company makes a bid for British Lion Films." Sunday Times [London, England] 29 Dec. 1963: [1]. The Sunday Times Digital Archive. Web. 18 Apr. 2014.
  4. ^ "Advertisement". Variety.
  5. ^ "Rattle of a Simple Man". Find and Watch.

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