The Pad and How to Use It
|The Pad and How to Use It|
|Directed by||Brian G. Hutton|
|Screenplay by||Thomas C. Ryan|
|Based on||The Private Ear (play)|
by Peter Shaffer
|Produced by||Ross Hunter|
|Edited by||Milton Carruth|
|Music by||Russell Garcia|
Ross Hunter Productions
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
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 unworldly, 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.
- Brian Bedford as Bob Handman
- Julie Sommars as Doreen Marshall
- James Farentino as Ted
- Edy Williams as Lavinia
- Nick Navarro as Beatnik
- Pearl Shear as Fat Woman
- Barbara London as Waitress
- Barbara Reid as Girl on the Phone
- Roger Bacon as Larry
- Don Conreaux as Ralph
In October 1965 Hunter announced he wanted to use unknown stars and director, and the writer Tom Ryan had not done a script before.
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- Martin, Betty (Oct 2, 1965). "Ross Gambling on Unknowns". Los Angeles Times. p. A9.