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The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)

 |  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.

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Cast

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

When Grandduke Charles, the prince-regent of Carpathia, a fictitious Balkan country which could start a European war by switching alliances, visits London for the coronation of the new British King in 1911, and spends his one evening off at the Coconut Girl Club, the reputed stickler for protocol is so charmed by a clumsy American understudy that he orders his British attaché to invite her to the embassy for a private supper. Being overlooked and understanding German, she learns of the repressive attitude of the regent and the plans of his reformist, pro-German minor son, King Nicholas, to take over power by surprise, but doesn't dodge and tries to reconcile father and son. The queen-dowager decides to make her lady-in-waiting for the coronation day, so she stays in the picture to everyone else's surprise. Written by KGF Vissers

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Some countries have a medal for Everything.

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Comedy | Romance

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13 June 1957 (USA)  »

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The Sleeping Prince  »

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Trivia

This was the first non-Shakespearean film directed by Laurence Olivier. See more »

Goofs

The initial titles showing a pan across London, is clearly made from the south bank of the Thames. Whilst it correctly shows the monument to the Great Fire of London to the west of the Tower of London, it then shows Houses of Parliament way to the east of these. Parliament is actually way to the west of both in Westminster. See more »

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Elsie Marina: [having learned the details of the Regent's "party"] You know, there's a word for what you are and it's not Deputy Head of the Far Eastern Department.
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Light of Foot
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Music by Carl Latann
Arranged by Cecil H. Jaeger
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Surprisingly good chemistry between Olivier and Monroe...
13 August 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Considering that all of the backstage talk on the making of 'The Prince and the Showgirl' tells us that a huge rift developed between Oliver and Monroe, their chemistry in this charming comedy is incredible and very apparent. Oliver has his stuffiest role since 'Pride and Prejudice' and does a standout job. Their would-be seduction scene early on, where a tipsy Monroe confronts him with a show of confidence amidst her giggles, is a highlight of the film and sets the tone for the kind of banter between them.

Marilyn never looked more elegant than she does here, costumed and coiffed to look incredibly beautiful. The others in the cast are all impressive in their supporting roles but the main drawback is a script that lumbers along, poorly paced and finally going nowhere. At least twenty minutes of footage could have been clipped to make the whole thing more watchable.

But if you enjoy seeing Marilyn play comedy, this is the one for you. Never has she shown such a flair for enjoying herself in a role. One would never suspect that rumors of unprofessional behavior and disputes with Oliver were even remotely true. The finished product has a glossy, elegant and thoroughly professional look--and as I said before, the only drawback is the script itself and a story too slight to make it totally absorbing. But Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe are both excellent--and, surprisingly, Monroe even upstages him more than once.


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