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The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)

An American showgirl becomes entangled in political intrigue when the prince regent of a foreign country attempts to seduce her.

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Northbrook
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The Foreign Office
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King Nicolas
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The Queen Dowager
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The Regent
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Call Boy
Gladys Henson ...
Dresser
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Maisie Springfield
Charles Victor ...
Theatre Manager
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Fanny
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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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Comedy | Romance

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13 June 1957 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The first film from Marilyn Monroe's own production company. See more »

Goofs

In the shot overlooking the Carpathian Embassy, the rear of Buckingham Palace is shown. The Palace has a small lake and a wooded area at the far end of the vast expanse of the lawn. Both are missing in the shot. See more »

Quotes

Northbrook: It all goes back to the Holy Roman Empire. The grand duke is a nephew by marriage of the Emperor Franz Josef of Austria.
Fanny: No wisecracks about Austria.
Northbrook: I sincerely hope no wisecracks about anything. In these troubled times the lightest remark can have bad repercussions.
Fanny: I can see the history books: "The War of Elsie's Remark."
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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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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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