GenreComedy, Drama CinematographyReginald Wyer WriterCharles Dyer LanguageEnglish
Release date7 September 1964 (London)
20 December 1964 (US) CastHarry H. Corbett (Percy Winthram), Diane Cilento (Cyrenne), Michael Medwin (Ginger), Thora Hird (Mrs. Winthram), Brian Wilde (Fred) Similar moviesHarry 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.
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.
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
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.
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."