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I'll Never Forget What's'isname (1967)

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The professional and romantic misadventures of an advertising executive in 1960s swinging London.


Michael Winner


Peter Draper



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Orson Welles ... Jonathan Lute
Oliver Reed ... Andrew Quint
Carol White ... Georgina Elben
Harry Andrews ... Gerald Sater
Michael Hordern ... Headmaster
Wendy Craig ... Louise Quint
Norman Rodway ... Nicholas
Marianne Faithfull ... Josie
Frank Finlay ... Chaplain
Ann Lynn ... Carla
Harvey Hall Harvey Hall ... Charles Maccabee
Lyn Ashley Lyn Ashley ... Susannah
Edward Fox ... Walter
Basil Dignam
Mark Burns ... Michael Cornwall


Advertising golden boy Andrew Quint (Oliver Reed) is fed up with his fabulously successful life. In very dramatic fashion, he quits his job to return to writing for a small literary magazine. He wants to leave his former life behind, going as far as saying goodbye to his wife and mistresses. He finds, however, that it's not so easy to escape the past. Written by George S. Davis <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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He smashed up his desk, gave up a wife, three mistresses and went back to the simple life. Then his troubles really started!


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Release Date:

9 February 1968 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

I'll Never Forget What's 'Isname See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The BBFC originally requested the complete removal of Josie's (Marianne Faithfull's) single use of "fu-cking" for this movie's theatrical release. A compromise was reached between the censors and Producer and Director Michael Winner, and instead the word was partly obscured by the sound of a car horn. See more »


Andrew Quint: No more extraneous...
[pauses to eye a passing girl]
Andrew Quint: attractions.
Walter: As the pin said to the magnet.
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Referenced in In Confidence: Michael Winner (2012) See more »

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Oliver Reed, Orson Welles, and Dolly Birds...
11 November 2006 | by malthursdaySee all my reviews

I first saw this movie on Canadian TV on the midnight movie on CJOH and it has stuck in my head ever since. Back then, I enjoyed it for the psychedelic dream sequences, the dolly birds, and the good ol' "frank sexuality." Watching it again on DVD thirty years later, I find it still resonates, but for different reasons. Now, I relate more to Quint's rejection of his entire way of life and the way he wants to be free of it, but ultimately can't escape it.

The Super-8 commercial he makes at the end of the film is still dazzling -- one would think that Michael Winner would have gone on to greater things, but this film is the best thing he ever did. Same goes for Oliver Reed, although he made some good ones in the late '60s and early '70s. Several other Reed-Winner collaborations, THE SYSTEM (a/k/a THE GIRL GETTERS), THE JOKERS, and HANNIBAL BROOKS, are also worth checking out.

Excellent performances by Reed, Orson Welles, Carol White, and Harry Andrews, and a top script by Peter Draper (who also wrote THE SYSTEM).

Favorite bit of dialogue:

QUINT: I'm going to find an honest job.

LUTE: Silly boy. There aren't any.

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