The Entertainer (1960)

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Archie Rice, an old-time British music hall performer sinking into final defeat, schemes to stay in show business.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda de Banzie ...
Daniel Massey ...
Mick Rice
Shirley Anne Field ...
Tina Lapford
Thora Hird ...
Mrs. Ada Lapford
Miriam Karlin ...
Geoffrey Toone ...
Harold Hubbard
MacDonald Hobley ...
Himself - the TV star (as McDonald Hobley)
Anthony Oliver ...
Max Bacon ...
Charlie Klein
George Doonan ...
Eddie Trimmer


Archie Rice, a pathetic music hall comic, plagued by debts, manipulates those around him in a defiant and selfish attempt to survive against improbable odds. He drinks, makes crude philosophical jokes about sex and politics and humiliates his lamenting, gin-soaked wife. Archie lures his father, Billy Rice, out of retirement for a benefit performance which will ultimately bring financial aid to Archie and his impractical investments. Written by alfiehitchie

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As the applause grew fainter ... As the spotlight grew dimmer ... His women were younger!




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Release Date:

2 December 1960 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

A komédiás  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Includes the movie debuts of Albert Finney, Alan Bates, and Joan Plowright. See more »


Archie Rice: Old Archie isn't going to get his oats after all.
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Referenced in Harry Saltzman: Showman (2000) See more »


When There Isn't a Girl About
Written by Charles Collins and Harry Castling
Performed briefly by Alan Bates and Joan Plowright
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From Spartacus to this role of has-been Entertainer -- amazing!
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I've seen this movie many times on tv and still feel irresistibly drawn into the realistic setting of people's humdrum lives at a British seaside resort. Some films can be viewed once and that's enough, but not this one.

All the cast members are remarkable in projecting the ordinary bleakness of the story's circumstances -- the people, time and place, their foibles, tragedies, and often futile efforts as they struggle with events. Believe it or not, I even got to like Olivier's singing of "Why Should I Care"!

A memorable, thoughtful film well worth experiencing.

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