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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Brenda de Banzie ...
Phoebe 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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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

Archie Rice: Old Archie isn't going to get his oats after all.
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Featured in The 51st Annual Academy Awards (1979) See more »

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Let's Rock
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Music by John Addison
Lyrics by Donald Paul
Played when the art class lets out
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A Wonderful film with almost Greek tragedy sentiment
20 May 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Entertainer is one of those great films that makes you stop and think about the has been entertainers like Archie after their heyday. I could see the relationship between Joan Plowright and Laurence Olivier evolve from the screen into a love affair. Joan is quite brilliant playing his daughter and Larry is well one of Britain's greatest treasures from the theater. I also enjoyed Dame Thora Hird's role as the mother of a contest winner. The story is rather complicated but it is richly interpreteted onto the film. We feel sorry and love Archie despite his obvious flaws and faults. We support him in the end and know why he did it? After all the show must go on. Morecambe, Lancashire is also Dame Thora's birthplace and hometown. It's great to see legends like Dame Thora Hird, Dame Joan Plowright and Lord Laurence Olivier.


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