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Director  Muriel Box
Music director  Stanley Black
Country  United Kingdom
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Drama
Cinematography  Reginald Wyer
Writer  Charles Dyer
Language  English
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Release date  7 September 1964 (London) 20 December 1964 (US)
Cast  Harry H. Corbett (Percy Winthram), Diane Cilento (Cyrenne), Michael Medwin (Ginger), Thora Hird (Mrs. Winthram), Brian Wilde (Fred)
Similar movies  Harry H Corbett appears in Rattle of a Simple Man and The Sandwich 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 concerns a naive man who becomes involved with a prostitute.


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After travelling to London from Manchester with a group of friends to watch the FA Cup final, a night out on the town and a bet lead a naive man to become involved with a prostitute.

Selected cast

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  • 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
  • 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
  • Production

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

    Box office

    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."


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