The Knack... and How to Get It (1965)
"The Knack ...and How to Get It" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  3 June 1965 (UK)
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In England, the times are a changing: it's mods and rockers. On the day Nancy gets off the London train, cases in hand, looking for the YWCA, Colin has had enough of missing out on the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rita Tushingham ...
Ray Brooks ...
William Dexter ...
Dress Shop Owner
Man in Photo Booth
Margot Thomas ...
Female Teacher
Angry Father
Helen Lennox ...
Girl in Photo Booth
Wensley Pithey ...
Edgar Wreford ...
Man in Phone Booth
Frank Sieman ...
Bruce Lacey ...
Surveyor's Asst.
George Chisholm ...
Left Luggage Porter
Picture Owner


In England, the times are a changing: it's mods and rockers. On the day Nancy gets off the London train, cases in hand, looking for the YWCA, Colin has had enough of missing out on the sexual revolution. He begs his smooth (and misogynistic) pal Tolen to teach him 'the knack' - how to score with women. Serendipitously, Colin and his new lodger Tom meet up with Nancy while Colin's buying a bed larger than Tolen's. The three hit it off, but their simple fun ends when Tolen meets Nancy. Colin is jealous but impotent, and Tolen both attracts and repels her. She swoons, wonders what happened, and cries 'rape.' Impish serendipity rubs against unsettling ambiguity; Tolen bolts. Written by <>

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Release Date:

3 June 1965 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

The Knack... and How to Get It  »

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$364,000 (estimated)

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Richard Lester:  one of the reaction shots when Nancy, Colin and Tom roll the bed through the streets. He's the balding guy standing next to a lady with big hair. See more »


[of Tolen's "rough play" with women]
Tom: Just think of what you could do with a real whip, Tolen. A real whip.
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The Knack (vocal)
Written by John Barry
Sung by Johnny De Little
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Fantastic...May be my favorite film
25 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

Richard Lester was the one with the knack...the knack for providing snapshots of Swinging London, and for that we should all be grateful. With The Knack...and How To Get It, Lester builds on his triumph of A Hard Day's Night with a winning cast, dynamic cinematography and a hilarious screenplay.

Michael Crawford carries this film. He is, in short, adorable as the sexually frustrated milquetoast Colin. Another actor may have played Colin as pathetic; Crawford seems to have insight as to Colin's predicament and instead plays him as a well-meaning innocent. Ray Brooks is suitably slimy as skirt-chasing Tolen. Rita Tushingham is the very portrait of a British bird circa 1965, and a fine comedienne at that. My favorite character in the film, though, is Donal Donnelly as Tom. He really serves no ostensible purpose other than comic relief, which he amply provides. His timing is wonderful, especially playing off Ray Brooks.

Lines from the screenplay make me laugh as I think about them, and the various plays on words throughout the film are incredibly clever.

"Skirt is meat." Watch this film and see what I mean.

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