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Rattle of a Simple Man (1964)

When a group of northern soccer fans are down in London for the Cup Final one of their number winds up with a lady of the night. As they talk, the unsophisticated and naive lad starts to ... See full summary »


Muriel Box


Charles Dyer (screenplay), Charles Dyer (based on his original stage play)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry H. Corbett ... Percy
Diane Cilento ... Cyrenne
Thora Hird ... Mrs. Winthram
Michael Medwin ... Ginger
Charles Dyer ... Chalky
Hugh Futcher ... Ozzie
Brian Wilde ... Fred
Alexander Davion ... Ricardo
David Saire David Saire ... Mario
Barbara Archer Barbara Archer ... Iris
Michael Robbins ... George (Organiser)
George Roderick ... Papa
Marie Burke ... Mama
Carole Gray ... District Nurse
John Ronane John Ronane ... Willie


When a group of northern soccer fans are down in London for the Cup Final one of their number winds up with a lady of the night. As they talk, the unsophisticated and naive lad starts to believe he has found true love. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Peter Sellers was originally sought for the main role but was passed over when he demanded an unjustifiable fee. See more »


When Ginger approaches Cyrenne at the bar of the club, and she supposedly stubs her cigarette on his hand, in the next shot it is perfectly lit. See more »


[Percy is telling Cyrenne about his lack of success with women]
Percy Winthram: Everything goes fine until near the end. Then it's always the same: that same long agonising walk back to their gate. Truly agonising - believe me. Talk about a dumb-bell: it's got blood compared to me. I worry about this goodnight kissing all the way to the gate.
Cyrenne: Well, can't it wait until the *next* night?
Percy Winthram: I'm afraid not. I don't get a return match. Minf you, I've done plenty of ordinary kissing - at parties and... well, just at ...
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92 minutes with a screen Goddess
14 July 2004 | by Neil-Coward1See all my reviews

I first saw this film as an impressionable teenager and after the scene where the gorgeous Diane Cilento dances around her bed sitting room she overtook Alexandra Bastedo of The Champions as the most beautiful woman ever.

The plot is simple. Group of Manchester United footy fans go down to London for a big match. The quiet, shy northern oik played by Harry H Corbett, accepts a drunken bet to spend the night with the classy Diane Cilento.

What follows is an amusing comedy dialogue between the experienced worldly prostitute and shy and awkward Corbett as they dance around the issue. Can she entice him to bed? or will he lose his bet and return, ashamed, back to his friends before the coach leaves at midnight?

While this dialogue is going on, the sub plot involves his mates going from pub to pub getting more and more drunk. This is quite amusing also as you warm to the characters as the evening progresses.

If you like old films and gentle comedy then this one is a gem.

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Release Date:

20 December 1964 (USA) See more »

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Verführen will gelernt sein... See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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