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The Knack ... And How to Get It Details


Colin (Michael Crawford, who much later won a Tony Award for his role in Broadway's Phantom of the Opera) is an uptight schoolteacher whose housemate, Tolen (Ray Brooks) is a consummate womanizer. Colin imagines a long line of young women in tight white sweaters on his stairwell, waiting to get into Tolen's room. Jealous of Tolen's incredible success with the ladies, Colin asks Tolen for advice on how to get a girl. When Tolen's advice doesn't seem very practical, Colin decides that his first order of business is to get a bigger bed. Colin is also trying to find a third roommate to take a spare room. Tom (Donal Donnelly), who seems compelled to paint everything in sight, happens by the house, and inserts himself in the spare room without so much as saying "hello." Nancy (Rita Tushingham of A Taste of Honey) is new in town, and wanders the streets of London in a fruitless search for the YWCA. She runs into Colin and Tom at the dump, where they are procuring a gigantic bed. They offer her a ride, and proceed to race through London on the bed. Colin seems too shy to speak much to Nancy, despite Tom's encouragement. Eventually, the trio reach Colin's house, where Tolen works his gruff magic on Nancy, and havoc ensues. Capturing late 1960s London in black-and-white, Richard Lester's The Knack. . .and How to Get It was released between the director's two successes with the Beatles, A Hard Day's Night and Help. The script, by Charles Wood (An Awfully Big Adventure) is based on a play by Ann Jellicoe. Future stars Jacqueline Bisset, Charlotte Rampling, and Jane Birkin appear briefly amid all the attractive young women in the film. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi

  • Release date:June 29, 1965


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Rita Tushingham Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1965 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Richard Lester Best British Film 1965 Nominee


Rita Tushingham
as Nancy Jones
Michael Crawford
as Colin
Donal Donnelly
as Tom
John Bluthal
as Father
Wensley Pithey
as Teacher
William Dexter
as Dress Shop Owner
Charlotte Rampling
as Water Skier
Marlo Thomas
as Female Teacher
Katherine Page
as Woman in House
Lucy Bartlett
as Water Skier
Peter Copley
as Picture Owner
Rose Hillier
as Unsuitable Customer
Walter Horsbrugh
as Old Man
Wanda Ventham
as Gym Mistress
Dandy Nichols
as Landlady
Frank Sieman
as Surveyor
George Chisholm
as Porter
Helen Lennox
as Woman in Photo Booth
Jacqueline Bisset
as Extra
Timothy Bateson
as Junkman


Richard Lester
Michael Deeley
Oscar Lewenstein
Ann Jellicoe
Play Author
David Watkin
John Barry
Composer (Music Score)
Alan Haven
Assheton Gorton
Production Designer
Assheton Gorton
Set Designer
Jocelyn Rickards
Costume Designer