The Pad and How to Use It

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The Pad and How to Use It
Directed by Brian G. Hutton
Produced by Ross Hunter
Starring Brian Bedford
Julie Sommars
James Farentino
Music by Russell Garcia
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • September 23, 1966 (1966-09-23)
Running time
86 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $300,000[1]

The Pad and How to Use It is a 1966 comedy film directed by Brian G. Hutton. It was based on a one-act play by Peter Shaffer.

A sensitive man named Bob Handman (Brian Bedford), who lives alone in his apartment, encounters what he believes to be his ideal woman, Doreen (Julie Sommars), at a classical music concert. They arrange to meet at a later date at his pad. Because he is so unwordly he asks his best friend Ted (James Farentino) along to the date as well for moral support. It transpires that she only went to the classical concert because she was given a free ticket by a co-worker. She has no interest in classical music, which is Bob's passion. But she is charmed by Ted who prepares the evening meal and flirts with her outrageously while Bob gets drunk. Bob and Ted fall out and Doreen goes off with Ted. The movie ends with Bob sitting in a darkened room, listening to the aria from Madame Butterfly. He gets up and drags the phonograph needle across the record several times, placing the needle back on the record. As he sits in the dark crying the record skips repeatedly over the scratched aria.

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  1. ^ Freddie Fan of Filmdom Finds Lost Audience: The Lost Audience Discovered Warga, Wayne. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 21 June 1970: q1.

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