The Entertainer Overview:

The Entertainer (1960) was a Drama - Musical Film directed by Tony Richardson and produced by Harry Saltzman and John Croydon.

Academy Awards 1960 --- Ceremony Number 33 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorLaurence OlivierNominated
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Interview with Margaret Talbot, author of The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father's Twentieth Century

By Raquel Stecher on Nov 12, 2012 From Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog

I have had the privilege of interviewing Margaret Talbot, author of the book The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father's Twentieth Century and daughter of classic film actor Lyle Talbot. Check out the interview below and if you haven't heard about this amazing book yet make sure you read my revi... Read full article


Get Your Read On ~ The Entertainer by Margaret Talbot

By Raquel Stecher on Nov 5, 2012 From Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog

The Entertainer: Movies, Magic and My Father's Twentieth Century by Margaret Talbot November 2012 Riverhead (Penguin) Hardcover ISBN: 9781594487064 $28.95 US retail In her captivating, impeccably researched narrative - a charmed combination of Hollywood history, social history, and family memoir -... Read full article


Old Hollywood Book Reviews: The Entertainer – Movies, Magic, and My Father’s Twentieth Century

By Kristen on Nov 5, 2012 From Journeys in Classic Film

Today’s book is not a biography as the author would claim. ?Writer Margaret Talbot‘s biography/Hollywood history book The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father’s Twentieth Century is a fantastic blend of biography and Hollywood history with an eye towards illustrating the chang... Read full article


The Entertainer (1960)

By Angela on Jul 9, 2011 From Hollywood Revue

It’s not uncommon for people to want to spend time with their families when they’re under pressure.? So when Jean Rice (Joan Plowright) is overwhelmed from dealing with a fianc? who wants to move to Africa and her brother being off in Egypt fighting in a war, she takes a trip to see her ... Read full article


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Quotes from

Archie Rice: Old Archie isn't going to get his oats after all.


Archie Rice: [to unresponsive audience] Don't clap too loudly, it's a very old building.


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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According to the April 21, 1958 edition of "Time Magazine", as an addendum to its cover story on Alec Guinness, in 1957, Laurence Olivier turned down a Hollywood offer of $250,000 for one motion picture. Instead of making the movie and pocketing the dosh (worth approximately $1.7 million in 2005 dollars), Olivier preferred to take on the role of Archie Rice in John Osborne's "The Entertainer" (a role written specifically for him) at the princely sum of £45 per week (worth $126 in 1957 dollars at the contemporaneous exchange rate, or $856 in 2005 dollars).
Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright met during the stage production of "The Entertainer." They were married in 1961, and remained married until Olivier's death in 1989.
Laurence Olivier is mistakenly billed as "Lawrence Olivier" in the end credits.
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