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The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)

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

Director:

Laurence Olivier

Writers:

Terence Rattigan (by), Terence Rattigan (screenplay)
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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
Sybil Thorndike ... The Queen Dowager
Laurence Olivier ... The Regent
Harold Goodwin ... Call Boy
Gladys Henson Gladys Henson ... Dresser
Marilyn Monroe ... Elsie
Jean Kent ... Maisie Springfield
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Theatre Manager
Daphne Anderson ... Fanny
Vera Day ... Betty
Gillian Owen Gillian Owen ... Maggie
Esmond Knight ... Hoffman
Paul Hardwick ... Major Domo
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Some countries have a medal for Everything.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

13 June 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sleeping Prince See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie takes place in 1911, and much of the action is linked to a historical event: the coronation of King George V. During the coronation sequence in the movie, the anthem "I Was Glad" is sung. This piece of music is used at the coronation of many British Kings and Queens, and the version used in this movie was recorded at the ceremony for Queen Elizabeth II in 1952. Towards the end of the song, the choir exclaims "Vivat Regina" ("Long Live the Queen" in Latin), a section specifically added for the 1952 ceremony, having no relevance to the coronation of a King. 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

Charles, the Prince Regent: Do you know what your hair reminds me of? Summer corn kissed by the winds into enchantingly exciting furrows. Your eyes...
Elsie Marina: Hey! Where's that music coming from?
Charles, the Prince Regent: Music? One of my servants, a Hungarian, always plays at this hour. He's lamenting his lost love.
Elsie Marina: Ah, poor boy. Isn't life awful? Go back to my eyes.
Charles, the Prince Regent: Twin pools of gladness and joy in which any man would be happy to drown himself.
Elsie Marina: In both of them?
Charles, the Prince Regent: In either.
Elsie Marina: Oh, I like that. "Twin pools. " Go on.
Charles, the Prince Regent: Your chin...
Elsie Marina: Oh, you skipped my nose ...
[...]
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Connections

Featured in ABC Stage 67: The Legend of Marilyn Monroe (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

I Found a Dream
(uncredited)
Music by Richard Addinsell
Performed by Marilyn Monroe
Lyric by Christopher Hassall
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Lost opportunity
1 August 1999 | by sirlionSee all my reviews

If this movie would have been like its first 40 minutes, now we'd been talking about a masterpiece. Unfortunately, after the initial fireworks due to the perfect duet between an extraordinary actor as Laurence Olivier and the magnificent Marilyn Monroe, the movie loses its push, maybe because the story doesn't know where to go. Actually the movie is good only when there's Olivier and Marilyn together in a room: the rest is really pointless. It's a pity because the scenography, the music, the acting and the direction of Olivier were good. A lost opportunity.


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