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)

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

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.

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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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.
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.
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.
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