Young Jenny Bunn (Hayley Mills) heads to the South of England to start a new career as a school teacher. Even before she has had a chance to settle in she meets Patrick Standish (Oliver ... See full summary »


Jonathan Miller


George Melly (screenplay), Kingsley Amis (novel)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Hayley Mills ... Jenny Bunn
Oliver Reed ... Patrick Standish
Noel Harrison ... Julian Ormerod
John Bird ... Dick Thompson
Sheila Hancock ... Martha Thompson
Aimi MacDonald Aimi MacDonald ... Wendy (as Aimi Macdonald)
Geraldine Sherman Geraldine Sherman ... Anna
Ronald Lacey ... Graham
John Fortune ... Sir Gerald Culthorpe-Jones
Imogen Hassall ... Samantha
Pippa Steel Pippa Steel ... Ted
Penelope Keith ... Tory Lady
Nicholas Courtney ... Panel Chairman
George Woodbridge ... Harry
Jimmy Gardner Jimmy Gardner ... Voter


Young Jenny Bunn (Hayley Mills) heads to the South of England to start a new career as a school teacher. Even before she has had a chance to settle in she meets Patrick Standish (Oliver Reed), one of the local "lads". Within a short time, she has her hands full when several of the local boys take a liking to her. But who will be the lucky one who wins her affections? Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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In this day and age what's a virgin to do?


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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In the television broadcast scene, John Bird shares a scene with his frequent co-star John Fortune in an interview set-up very similar to those they did on several satirical television shows. See more »


The opening title sequence shows a train. It is hauled by a BR Class 47 diesel loco. The first carriage is BR Mk1 full brake. The next scene is that of a train pulling into a station. This train is though is hauled by a BR Class 35 diesel (smaller than a 47). The first carriage is now a BR Mk1 composite brake. See more »


Martha Thompson: My old man made a pass at you yet? Not to worry, he will. Just give him a kick in the crotch.
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Another Love
Written by Stanley Myers
Performed by Stanley Myers And His Orchestra
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A Disaster
7 October 2019 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

Based on Kingsley Amis's 1960 novel, everything about this travesty is rendered hideously dated by it having actually been made at the wrong end of the sixties during that fleeting era when Hayley Mills & Noel Harrison were considered bankable stars; and well and truly put Jonathan Miller off ever getting involved with the film industry again.

Amis's contempt both for the permissive society and for women in general, alas, comes through loud and clear. And why Oliver Reed is so charmlessly set on bedding the virginal Hayley when the lovely Aimi MacDonald is all over him is one of several uninteresting mysteries the film presents us with, such as how - with the possible exception of Sheila Hancock - such a good cast is ill-used.

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English | French

Release Date:

31 December 1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Take a Girl Like You See more »

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Production Co:

Albion Film Corp. (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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