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System, The (1964)

During the summer season at the (fictional) seaside resort of Roxham a gang of young men led by womanising beach photographer Tinker (Oliver Reed) have perfected a system for collecting any pretty holidaymakers – “Grockles” – and sharing them on a rota basis.

Tinker spots Nicola (Jane Merrow), a rich, elegant and blasé fashion model who plays him at his own game and for the first time he falls in love. The summer sees the break-up of the gang.

Nidge (John Alderton) marries his pregnant girlfriend and Suzy (Barbara Ferris), an old flame of Tinker’s is herself abandoned by Nicola’s father. The holidaymakers leave, including Nicola, for whom Tinker was only a passing distraction.

Good performances all-round spark this authentic depiction of British youth in the early 60s.

It should come as no surprise that this film was directed by Michael Winner.

The System was released in some markets as The Girl-Getters. The majority of filming took place in Paignton, Torquay and Brixham, after which the fictional Roxham was named.

Stephen ‘Tinker’ Taylor
Oliver Reed
Nicola
Jane Merrow
Suzy
Barbara Ferris
Lorna
Julia Foster
Ella
Ann Lynn
Philip
Guy Doleman
Willy
Andrew Ray
Grib
John Porter Davison
Sneakers
Clive Colin-Bowler
Sammy
Iain Gregory
David
David Hemmings
Nidge
John Alderton
Ivor Simmonds
Jeremy Burnham
Michael
Mark Burns
James
Derek Nimmo
Larsey
Harry Andrews
Sylvie
Pauline Munro
Alfred
Derek Newark
Marianne
Stephanie Beaumont
Helga
Talitha Pol
Ingrid
Dora Reisser
Jasmin
Susan Burnet
Stan Atty
Victor Winding
Sonia
Jennifer Tafler
Fred
Ross Parker

Director
Michael Winner