The Pad and How to Use It

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

The Pad and How to Use It
Directed byBrian G. Hutton
Produced byRoss Hunter
Screenplay byThomas C. Ryan
Ben Starr
Based onThe Private Ear (play)
by Peter Shaffer
StarringBrian Bedford
Julie Sommars
James Farentino
Music byRussell Garcia
CinematographyEllsworth Fredericks
Edited byMilton Carruth
Ross Hunter Productions
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • August 17, 1966 (1966-08-17) (New York City)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States


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.



Ross Hunter bought the film rights to the play The Public Eye in 1964. Originally Mike Nichols was meant to make his feature film debut as director with the movie.[2]

In October 1965 Hunter announced he wanted to use unknown stars and director, and the writer Tom Ryan had not done a script before.[3]

See also


  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.
  2. PEOPLE AND PICTURES: Ross Hunter's 'Public Eye' -- Modern And Period Heroines -- Tots' Tale By A.H. WEILER. New York Times 12 Jan 1964: X7.
  3. "Ross Gambling on Unknowns." Martin, Betty. Los Angeles Times (1923-1995); Los Angeles, Calif. [Los Angeles, Calif]02 Oct 1965: A9.
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