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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

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
...
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

Laurence Olivier was reputedly so driven mad by Marilyn Monroe's difficult behaviour that he practically abandoned directing for the screen, only returning in 1970 to make Three Sisters (1970). 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 »

Quotes

Charles, the Prince Regent: [of the theatre] So many doors. Like an audience with the Japanese emperor!
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Referenced in Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend (1987) See more »

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The Liberty Bell
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Music by John Philip Sousa
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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