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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


The Entertainer by Margaret Talbot

By Raquel Stecher on Nov 30, -0001 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


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Quotes from

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


Archie Rice: Look at these eyes. I'm dead - behind these eyes. I'm dead.


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


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Facts about

Part of Laurence Olivier's performance was based on the Music Hall comedian Max Miller a.k.a. "The Cheeky Chappy" ("They'll never be another one like me"). Miller was anything but third rate, having been the highest-paid variety show entertainer of his time at 1,500 pounds per week, plus a percentage of the takings. (Olivier purposely toned down the act because being third rate was part of the story.) Miller never performed in Blackpool however because he believed his humor wouldn't travel to the north.
The original Broadway production of "The Entertainer" by John Osborne opened at the Royale Theater in New York on February 12, 1958 and ran for 97 performances. Brenda De Banzie was nominated for the 1958 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actress in a Drama for her role as Phoebe Rice which she recreated in the filmed production.
Includes the movie debuts of Albert Finney, Alan Bates, and Joan Plowright.
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