The Prince and the Showgirl ()

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

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The Foreign Office
King Nicolas
The Queen Dowager
The Regent
Call Boy
Gladys Henson ...
Maisie Springfield
Charles Victor ...
Theatre Manager
Gillian Owen ...
Major Domo
Rosamund Greenwood ...
Andreas Malandrinos ...
Valet with Violin (as Andrea Melandrinos)
Margot Lister ...
Dennis Edwards ...
Head Valet
The Ambassador
Lady Sunningdale
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Beradi ...
Dignatary (uncredited)
Cyril Chamberlain ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Violetta Farjeon ...
Cameo (uncredited)
Dancer (uncredited)
Aileen Lewis ...
Dignitary (uncredited)
Dido Plumb ...
Dignitary (uncredited)

Directed by

Laurence Olivier

Written by

Terence Rattigan ... (by)
Terence Rattigan ... (screenplay)
Terence Rattigan ... (play "The Sleeping Prince") (uncredited)

Produced by

Milton H. Greene ... executive producer
Laurence Olivier ... producer
Marilyn Monroe ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

Richard Addinsell

Cinematography by

Jack Cardiff ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Jack Harris

Casting By

Weston Drury Jr. ... (uncredited)

Production Design by

Roger K. Furse ... (as Roger Furse)

Art Direction by

Carmen Dillon

Makeup Department

Gordon Bond ... hairdresser
Tony Sforzini ... makeup artist (as Toni Sforzini)
Daphne Vollmer ... assistant hairdresser (uncredited)
John Wilcox ... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

Edward Joseph ... production manager (as Teddy Joseph)
Hugh Perceval ... executive in charge of production

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Anthony Bushell ... associate director
David W. Orton ... assistant director (as David Orton)
Geoffrey Haine ... third assistant director (uncredited)
Luciano Sacripanti ... third assistant director (uncredited)
David Tringham ... third assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Dario Simoni ... set dresser
Ernest Archer ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)
Terence Marsh ... draughtsman (uncredited)
Ronnie Udell ... construction manager (uncredited)

Sound Department

Gordon K. McCallum ... sound recordist (as Gordon McCallum)
John W. Mitchell ... sound recordist (as John Mitchell)
Ron Butcher ... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Roy Charman ... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Danny Daniel ... boom operator (uncredited)
Harry Fairbairn ... sound assistant (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Charles Staffell ... special effects
Bill Warrington ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

Denys N. Coop ... camera operator (as Denys Coop)
Wally Fairweather ... focus puller (uncredited)
Reg Johnson ... assistant camera (uncredited)
James Swarbrick ... still photographer (uncredited)
Lynda Swarbrick ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Beatrice Dawson ... ladies costumes
Vi Murray ... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
May Walding ... dresser: Marilyn Monroe (uncredited)

Music Department

Ted Drake ... music recordist
Muir Mathieson ... music director
Douglas Gamley ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

William Chappell ... dances arranged by
Elaine Schreyeck ... continuity
Jimmy Spoard ... assistant
Alan Arnold ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Bill Batchelor ... special press representation (uncredited)
Colin Clark ... production assistant (uncredited)
Norma Garment ... production secretary (uncredited)
Juanita Oswin ... publicity secretary (uncredited)
Una Pearl ... stand-in: Marilyn Monroe (uncredited)
Paula Strasberg ... dialogue coach: Marilyn Monroe (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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 the implications when she learns upon her arrival at the Carpathian Embassy where the Regent and the Carpathian entourage are staying that the party is just for two. On the Regent's relatively short stay in London, he and Elsie go through a series of feelings in their relationship, where the Regent just wants to have some fun, while Elsie doesn't mind fun within a proper context, which means no dinners for two without some formal getting to know each other period. Elsie gets caught up in the diplomatic and geopolitical side of the issues when she inadvertently meets the other two royal members of the Carpathian entourage. The first is the Queen Dowager, the Regent's mother-in-law, who isn't as hard of hearing as she lets on in the carrying out of her duties. The second is Nicholas VIII, the sixteen year old current King and the Regent's son, who will take over official duties when he becomes of age in eighteen months, and who, unlike his father, is sympathetic both to the democratic process in wanting free elections in Carpathia and to the Germans to who he is related on his mother's side. All these goings-on make for a difficult few days for Northbrook, the foreign office's envoy who has just temporarily taken over this file. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • The Sleeping Prince (United States)
  • Le prince et la danseuse (France)
  • El príncep i la corista (Spain, Catalan title)
  • El príncipe y la corista (Spain)
  • A herceg és a színésznö (Hungary)
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  • 115 min
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Trivia Three or four different copies of Marilyn Monroe's white dress were made to accommodate her fluctuating size. At the time, she was suffering from various illnesses which caused severe amounts of water retention. She also suffered a miscarriage during filming. See more »
Goofs Northbrook refers to the Foxtrot. The dance did not premier until 1914, three years later. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Legend of Marilyn Monroe (1966). See more »
Soundtracks The Duke of York See more »
Quotes The Queen Dowager: Sweetly pretty. She should use more mascara. When one is young, one should use a lot of mascara. And when one is old, one should use much more!
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