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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)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry H. Corbett 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 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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A girl can RATTLE a man...but it isn't that SIMPLE! See more »


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Release Date:

20 December 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Verführen will gelernt sein... See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Thora Hird receives a 'Guest star' credit. 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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More than 40 years on I still remember this film
17 November 2007 | by imxoSee all my reviews

I saw the "The Rattle of A Simple Man" probably in the North Atlantic in December of 1965 and still sit up when I hear or read the name of Diane Cilento. She and the movie made that big an impression on me! I've certainly been a fan of British film ever since.

As a 21 year old soldier coming back from Europe on the troop ship USNS General Maurice Rose, I saw the film sitting on the cold hard floor of one of the ship's spaces. I'm not even sure there was a screen; the film may just have been projected on one of the walls of the compartment, and as the ship rocked and rolled over the waves, so, too, did the film. Besides immediately falling in love with Diane Cilento, I can still remember being amazed that the U.S. military - not exactly a paragon of intellect or sophistication, especially in those years - was actually showing this English film to the troops. After all, I had just spent several years of enduring the Army's favoring the commentary of Paul Harvey on Armed Forces Radio and of reading the Army's self-serving coverage in the European Stars and Stripes newspaper.

There is an atmosphere of Britain transmitted in this film that doesn't even exist in Britain, itself, anymore. I hope you enjoy the film now as much as I did then.

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