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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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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
...
Jean Kent ...
Maisie Springfield
Charles Victor ...
Theatre Manager
Daphne Anderson ...
Fanny
Vera Day ...
Betty
Gillian Owen ...
Maggie
...
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

The film takes place from June 21 to June 23, 1911. See more »

Goofs

Northbrook refers to the Foxtrot. The dance did not premier until 1914, three years later. See more »

Quotes

Northbrook: Aren't you confusing this embassy with a private room at Romano's?
Elsie Marina: Why not? Except up there it's a longer run from the sofa to the door.
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Referenced in My Week with Marilyn (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

I Was Glad (When They Said Unto Me)
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Music by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
Coronation anthem
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Monroe out-acts Olivier with ease
16 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See 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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