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The Entertainer (1960)

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

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Cast

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

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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2 December 1960 (Denmark)  »

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A komédiás  »

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Roger Livesey plays Laurence Olivier's father in 'The Entertainer', yet is less than one year older than Olivier - Olivier was born in May 1907 while Livesey was born in June 1906. See more »

Quotes

Frank Rice: Cheer up love, life isn't as bad as all that, and even if it is, there's nothing we can do about it.
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Connections

Referenced in John Osborne and the Gift of Friendship (2006) See more »

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Strike Up the Music
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Music by Howitt Hale (i.e. Kenneth Essex)
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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From Spartacus to this role of has-been Entertainer -- amazing!
8 July 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

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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