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The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)

PG | | Comedy, Romance | 13 June 1957 (USA)
An American showgirl becomes entangled in political intrigue when the prince regent of a foreign country attempts to seduce her.

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Call Boy
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Dresser
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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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The Sleeping Prince  »

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Trivia

Laurence Olivier had already played the part of the Prince Regent on the London stage, alongside his wife Vivien Leigh. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Elsie Marina: [about dress] Say, is it all right over the you-know-what?
Fanny: Wonderful over the you-know-what.
Fanny: [Northbrook comes out from behind screen] What do you think?
Northbrook: Very nice.
Fanny: Is that all you can say?
Northbrook: Very nice indeed.
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The Minstrel Boy
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Arranged by Cecil H. Jaeger
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The Coronation Scene
10 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is an odd, quirky movie that I can't say I really enjoy. Like many of Marilyn's movies, they come off being unbalanced, but this is the first, and only movie made by her own production company. There are some good parts, and there are even more boring, and "Plug in the coffee pot to keep me awake" moments.

Still, if it's on TV, I'll tune in for one scene only. The coronation scene, which has no dialog, concentrates almost solely on Marilyn's emotions while she watches history being made. Through her, we are drawn through the scene, and at least I, experience a full range of emotions to almost being on the brink of tears at how beautiful this scene is. With a close up of her face, she fades away and a glorious circular stained glass window appears, then to another stained glass window of cliffs that transforms and becomes real, long enough to hear the sound of a ship's horn in the distance, to the "violence, violence, violence!" chant and the thundering canon which brings this wonderful scene to its conclusion.

That scene alone, with a few other glorious shots of Monroe make this movie worth watching.


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