It’s no surprise that Variety raved about the Oscar-winning David Lean masterpiece “Lawrence of Arabia” and the young star at its center.
“Peter O’Toole, after three or four smallish, but effective, appearances in films, makes a striking job of the complicated and heavy role of Lawrence. This young Irishman, as and when the screenplay demands, skillfully handles Lawrence’s many moods. His veiled insolence and contempt of high authority, his keen intelligence and insight his gradual simpatico with the Arabs and their way of life, his independence, courage flashy vanity, withdrawn moments, pain, loneliness, fanaticism, idealism and occasional foolishness. O’Toole has a presence which will attract women tab buyers and convincingly builds up a picture of the Mystery Man. Spiegel’s gamble with this newish British screen actor has rousingly come off.” – Variety review, 1962