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The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  13 June 1957 (USA)
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An American showgirl gets entangled in political intrigue after 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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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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The only film Marilyn Monroe made outside of the American continent. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene inside the Carpathian embassy, the 2 men stand at the window as the royal carriage carrying the King and Dowager. 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 »

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Elsie Marina: Yes, I speak German. I was born in Milwaukee.
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The Liberty Bell
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Arranged by Cecil H. Jaeger
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No Labor of Love, Just a Labor
27 September 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Carpathian royal family is in town like all the other royalty in Europe for the coronation of George V of Great Britain. In this case it consists of the young king, Jeremy Spencer, his grandmother the dowager queen Sybil Thorndike, and the king's father and Prince Regent Laurence Olivier. Olivier was only the consort to his late wife the queen and he is regent until Spencer comes of age which will be in several months. But the young man is getting inpatient.

In fact he's already in communication with Germany which his pro-British father doesn't like. A little youthful rebellion in high places can have some dangerous consequences.

But Olivier is also distracted by a growing infatuation for Marilyn Monroe who is appearing in a minor part in a musical comedy. She's of course our showgirl.

A most miscast showgirl. Olivier had starred in the play in London with his wife Vivien Leigh and was going to do the film with her when her delicate health flared up again and she backed out. How the tiny and proper British Vivien gave way to the buxom Marilyn Monroe is a mystery. My guess is that when Leigh bowed out, Olivier and author Terrence Rattigan made the decision to change the leading lady to an American to broaden the appeal in the American market.

One of Marilyn's fellow Fox blonds like Betty Grable who was a natural fit in these period pictures would have been better. Marilyn looks so very out of place here.

The film was agony for Olivier to direct. In addition to Marilyn's eccentricities he had to put up with her drama coach Paula Strassberg and her interference. He threw Strassberg off the set when she presumed to direct him.

Still it's not a terribly bad film, just not a really good one.


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