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Director:
Writers:
John Osborne (screenplay) and
Nigel Kneale (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
2 December 1960 (Denmark) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
As the applause grew fainter ... As the spotlight grew dimmer ... His women were younger!
Plot:
Archie Rice, an old-time British vaudeville performer sinking into final defeat, schemes to stay in show business. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The last, golden days of Morecambe... See more (24 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Laurence Olivier ... Archie Rice
Brenda de Banzie ... Phoebe Rice

Roger Livesey ... Billy Rice

Joan Plowright ... Jean Rice

Alan Bates ... Frank Rice
Daniel Massey ... Graham

Albert Finney ... 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
James Culliford ... Cobber Carson (as James Cuillford)
Gilbert Davis ... Brother Bill

Charles Gray ... Columnist
Gwen Nelson
Hope Jackman ... Morecambe Mother
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Nigel Davenport ... Theatre Manager (uncredited)
Angie Dean ... Alhambra Sister (uncredited)
Debbie Dean ... Alhambra Sister (uncredited)
Jo Linden ... Gloria (uncredited)
Tony Longridge ... Mr. Wilfrid Lapford (uncredited)
Roger Manvell ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Shirli Scott-James ... Girl (uncredited)
Tony Selby ... Teddy Boy (uncredited)
James Thornhill ... Stage Door Keeper (uncredited)
Vicky Travers ... Nude (uncredited)
Mercia Turner ... Britannia (uncredited)
Constance Wells ... Scots Singer (uncredited)
Hermon Wells ... Scots Singer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Tony Richardson 
 
Writing credits
John Osborne (screenplay) and
Nigel Kneale (screenplay)

John Osborne  adaptation

Produced by
John Croydon .... associate producer
Harry Saltzman .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Addison 
 
Cinematography by
Oswald Morris 
 
Film Editing by
Alan Osbiston 
 
Casting by
Maude Spector (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Ralph W. Brinton  (as Ralph Brinton)
 
Costume Design by
Jocelyn Rickards 
 
Makeup Department
Bill Griffiths .... hairdresser
Tony Sforzini .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
R.L.M. Davidson .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Stevenson .... third assistant director
Peter Yates .... assistant director
Roy Millichip .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ted Marshall .... assistant art director
Basil Mannin .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Tony Woollard .... draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Chris Greenham .... sound editor
Peter Handford .... sound
Bob Jones .... sound
Norman Bolland .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
Des Edwards .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Ken Ritchie .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Denys N. Coop .... camera operator (as Denys Coop)
Ginger Gemmel .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Ronnie Maasz .... focus puller (uncredited)
Mike Rutter .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barbara Gillett .... wardrobe (as Barbara Gillette)
 
Music Department
John Addison .... conductor
Ronald Cass .... associate musical director (as Ronnie Cass)
William Blezard .... music arranger: Chopin (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Honor Blair .... stager
Maggie Shipway .... continuity (as Margaret Shipway)
Maggie Unsworth .... continuity (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
96 min | USA:105 min (TCM print)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Australia:X (original rating) | Finland:S | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | UK:X (original rating)

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Trivia:
Laurence Olivier was nominated for the 1958 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Drama for "The Entertainer" as Archie Rice and recreated the role in this production.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.See more »
Soundtrack:
Don't Let 'em Scrap the British NavySee more »

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17 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
The last, golden days of Morecambe..., 13 July 2000
Author: Lubin Odana from UK

As someone who lives only a couple of miles away from where this film was set, it makes me practically WEEP to see how busy and vibrant Morecambe used to be in the 50s/60s. OK, so the film is about how it's passed its heyday, but compared to how it is now - seeing the same scenery (it's hardly changed) - the Midland Hotel, The Winter Gardens (now a nightclub), it's hard not to get painful pangs of nostalgia.

This is ultimately a depressing film - Archie is one of those people who deals with tragedy by "blanking" it out with bad jokes. In the film he seduces the winner (2nd place) of a beauty contest - a woman old enough to be his daughter. Shortly after the film, Laurence Oliver married Joan Plowright who actually PLAYED his daughter in this film. Anyone for irony?

There are some wonderfully subtle takes on British "class" - I love Thora Hird (a long way from Praise Be and Stannah Stairlifts here) as the grasping mum of the Beauty-contest winner, while Brenda de Banzie is great as neurotic, looked-over, teary, nervy Phoebe - "I've got a new job in Woolworths, on the electrical counter. It's OK, but the girls are a bit common." Well Phoebe, you'll be pleased to know that the branch of Woolworths is still there...

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