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The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)

PG | | Comedy, Romance | 13 June 1957 (USA)
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An American showgirl becomes entangled in political intrigue when the Prince Regent of a foreign country attempts to seduce her.

Director:

Laurence Olivier

Writers:

Terence Rattigan (by), Terence Rattigan (screenplay)
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Nominated for 5 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Wattis ... Northbrook
David Horne ... The Foreign Office
Jeremy Spenser ... King Nicolas
Sybil Thorndike ... The Queen Dowager
Laurence Olivier ... The Regent
Harold Goodwin ... Call Boy
Gladys Henson Gladys Henson ... Dresser
Marilyn Monroe ... Elsie
Jean Kent ... Maisie Springfield
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Theatre Manager
Daphne Anderson ... Fanny
Vera Day ... Betty
Gillian Owen Gillian Owen ... Maggie
Esmond Knight ... Hoffman
Paul Hardwick ... Major Domo
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Storyline

June, 1911. Among the dignitaries from the Balkan State of Carpathia in London for the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary is the Regent, His Serene Highness the Grand Duke Charles. The London foreign office places great importance on Carpathia because of an unstable geopolitical situation with Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany set to overthrow its monarchy government if allowed. The Regent, a Prince originally from Hungary, and the most recent and now deceased Queen married for convenience. As such, the Regent has spent time with a series of lady friends while on his travels in his somewhat "free" state. In meeting one of those London women, music hall actress Maisie Springfield, and the company of her current production "The Coconut Girl", the Regent instead has his eyes set on one of the minor players in the show, American actress Elsie Marina. When seemingly simpleminded Elsie receives a party invitation from the Regent for that evening, Elsie is not so simpleminded to understand ... Written by Huggo

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Some countries have a medal for Everything.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

13 June 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sleeping Prince See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vivien Leigh was supposed to reprise her stage role as Elsie Marina. But, at forty-three, she was considered to be too old by the time that this movie was made. See more »

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In the opening scene inside the Carpathian embassy, the 2 men stand at the window as the royal carriage carrying the King and Dowager passes. The carriage doesn't just move past the window, it rolls along; it and the avenue trees traverse past the open window, as if the men are standing still and the rest of the outside world is parading magically past the window opening. V. strange editing. See more »

Quotes

Charles, the Prince Regent: Here am I, having reached the age of 40. And I have never known what it is to love or be loved. It is like the legend of the sleeping princess. Only here, it is the prince who sleeps and awaits the kiss of the beautiful young maiden that will bring him back to life.
Elsie Marina: You mean you want me to kiss you?
Charles, the Prince Regent: You are so literal.
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I Found a Dream
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Music by Richard Addinsell
Performed by Marilyn Monroe
Lyric by Christopher Hassall
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Monroe out-acts Olivier with ease
16 July 2009 | by brendangcarrollSee all my reviews

Just saw this again the other day after many years, and was impressed by Monroe's effortless upstaging of Olivier, who gives the most hammy, artificial performance of his career, unsurprising as he is directing himself.

If you want to see what star quality means, just watch their scenes together. He is desperately trying to ACT and eclipse her. All she has to do is just BE there in shot.

Whenever they are on screen, it is always her that one's eyes are drawn to and she gives such a natural performance throughout it almost seems as if she isn't acting at all. She also copes with some extremely tricky dialogue, giving the lie to her inability to remember lines. These are often done in a single take - one scene in particular, early in the film as she is leaving the house before Olivier arrives home, talking rapidly to Richard Wattis as they walk down the long staircase, is outstanding.

So, the film is worthwhile in showing Monroe as the great star she was - and revealing Olivier to only be capable of mere caricature (that fake German accent is so awful) without a strong director to rein him in.


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