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Director  Muriel Box
Music director  Stanley Black
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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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Premise

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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.

    Critical

    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."

    References

    Rattle of a Simple Man Wikipedia
    Rattle of a Simple Man IMDb Rattle of a Simple Man themoviedb.org


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