Rattle of a Simple Man

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Rattle of a Simple Man
"Rattle of a Simple Man" (1964).jpg
Directed by Muriel Box
Produced by William J. Gell
Written by Charles Dyer
Starring Diane Cilento
Harry H. Corbett
Michael Medwin
Thora Hird
Music by Stanley Black
Cinematography Reginald H. Wyer
Edited by Frederick Wilson
Distributed by Warner-Pathé Distributors (UK)
Continental Distributing (US)
Release dates
7 September 1964 (London)
20 December 1964 (US)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Rattle of a Simple Man is a 1964 British comedy film directed by Muriel Box and starring Diane Cilento, Harry H. Corbett and Michael Medwin.[1] After travelling down from Manchester to watch the FA Cup final, a naive young man becomes involved with a prostitute.

Selected cast[edit]


Sydney Box emerged from a temporary retirement from filmmaking to buy the rights to the play for £50,000.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Variety commented, "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";[3] while Sky Movies noted, "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." [4]


  1. ^ "Rattle of a Simple Man". BFI. 
  2. ^ Pearson, Kenneth. "Sydney Box company makes a bid for British Lion Films." Sunday Times [London, England] 29 Dec. 1963: [1]. The Sunday Times Digital Archive. Web. 18 Apr. 2014.
  3. ^ "Advertisement". Variety. 
  4. ^ "Rattle of a Simple Man". Find and Watch. 

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