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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 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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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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Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier had trouble filming together. He would often get angry at her forgetting lines or being late to the set. Monroe was furious one day while filming, when Laurence told her to "just be sexy". 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 Queen Dowager: Mr. Northbrook, who was that creature? Was it an anarchist?
Northbrook: No, ma'am!
The Queen Dowager: Then who was it?
Northbrook: A young lady, ma'am, called Miss Elsie Marina.
The Queen Dowager: [pause] Ah. Fetch her to me.
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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.19 (2011) See more »

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Music by George Frideric Handel
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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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