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The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)

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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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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
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The Queen Dowager
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The Regent
Harold Goodwin ...
Call Boy
Gladys Henson ...
Dresser
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Maisie Springfield
Charles Victor ...
Theatre Manager
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Fanny
Vera Day ...
Betty
Gillian Owen ...
Maggie
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Hoffman
Paul Hardwick ...
Major Domo
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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.

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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 »

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The newspaper article that Northbrook reads at the beginning of the movie states that the King of Carpathia's name is Nicholas. In the end credits, the character's name is listed as Nicolas. See more »

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The Foreign Office: Do you mean to say, Northbrook, that you know nothing about Carpathia whatever?
Northbrook: Don't even know where the beastly place is for a start.
The Foreign Office: How long have you been in the foreign office?
Northbrook: Fifteen years, sir, but I'm in the Far Eastern Department.
The Foreign Office: Now that's no excuse. What would you think if I knew nothing of Siam?
Northbrook: Don't think I'd mind much.
The Foreign Office: That sort of remark will get you nowhere, Northbrook.
Northbrook: Not even out of this job?
The Foreign Office: Certainly not! Your predecessor has had a riding accident and you are now in his ...
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Music by Johann Valentin Hamm
Arranged by Cecil H. Jaeger
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Marilyn Monroe is sex-appeal incarnate here
17 November 1998 | by (Bay Area, CA USA) – See all my reviews

The title of this film might well be "Watch Marilyn seduce Laurence Olivier". Marilyn had an amazing, nearly unique, quality of "sex appeal". Not that other actresses aren't beautiful or sexy, but Marilyn stands alone, as the greatest screen goddess. The way she moved, the way she talked, it's almost unbelievable how appealing she was. This movie seems designed to show off her abilities in this regard. As such, it is a movie that is worth watching, assuming that you are interested in watching a woman seducing a man.

In other respects, the movie is not a great film. The plot has almost no drama to it. The comedy is so "genteel" as to hardly merit a polite chuckle. Sir Laurence is fine as the stiff, un-romantic prince who tries to avoid falling for Marilyn's charms but there is little "fire" to his performance.

Ultimately the movie rests on Marilyn's remarkable talent for being "desirable". I rate this film just behind "The Seven Year Itch" but it does feature more screen time for Marilyn.

BTW: I see some real resemblance between MM in this film and Jessica Lange (circa "Tootsie").


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