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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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1.66 : 1
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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

Billy Rice: You were a pretty little thing. Not that looks are important - not even for a woman. You don't look at the mantelpiece when you poke the fire.
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Soundtracks

Hide Your Face, Mum
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Music by John Addison
Lyrics by John Osborne
Performed by Laurence Olivier and ensemble
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The entertainer is a great movie, but not easy to watch.
17 April 2006 | by (virginia) – See all my reviews

The underlying theme of this movie is the end of the British empire, played out in allegory with the end of a not very talented "entertainer". The poet John Mansfield a few decades before this movie was made gave Britons an inkling of what was coming. Two wars and a softness grown out of a century of milking its colonies finally had to come to end. This film is not what the average movie viewer wants, much less understands when the creators of this project reveal to the audience what lies ahead. When Archie is yanked off the stage, it is the symbolic end of Great Britan as a great power. The Suez war and Archies's son as a relic of Britan's once dominant power are a backdrop to political and military events when this film was in production. The Suez war was not backed by the US. The British learned that the day was over when it could exert influence let alone dominant military actions without US backing. Catch the line in the beginning of the film when Archie's daughter is being asked to leave" a dying country". That line establishes the events to follow, for Archie and England.


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