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The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)

Marilyn Monroe , Laurence Olivier , Laurence Olivier  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier, Richard Wattis, David Horne, Jeremy Spenser
  • Directors: Laurence Olivier
  • Writers: Terence Rattigan
  • Producers: Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier, Milton H. Greene
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2002
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RRJY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,959 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Prince and the Showgirl" on IMDb

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  • Announcement newsreel: "Marilyn Starts a New Deal in Hollywood"

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Destined to remain a curio in the careers of Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier, The Prince and the Showgirl is a good movie that might have been great. While's she's wonderful as a saucy showgirl with a knack for foreign relations, Monroe's off-screen notoriety in 1957 made this a directorial nightmare for Olivier, who never bursts out of his stiff-collared finery as the Carpathian Prince Regent, who's smitten by Marilyn's innocent, unpolished candor. Of course, she's actually smarter than the monocled monarch, at least in her sensible handling of his stuffed-shirt diplomacy, so it's easy to forgive Terence Rattigan's script (from his play The Sleeping Prince) for favoring pomp over circumstance. The comedy percolates without bubbling over in this tale of opposites attracting, but it's a top-drawer production anyway, blessed by Jack Cardiff's gorgeous Technicolor cinematography and by the charm of costars who successfully concealed their off-screen anxieties. --Jeff Shannon

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Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Rating: NR
Release Date: 8-JAN-2002
Media Type: DVD

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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MY FAVORITE MM FILM April 6, 2002
Format:DVD
I've seen this film perhaps twenty times since it came out in 1957 and find the glowing DVD version perfection, much better than the laserdisk.When I first saw it, I believe it was projected through a lens masked for widescreen. So I was disappointed through the years when the videocassette and laserdisk versions weren't in widescreen. Now I'm delighted that the DVD isn't in widescreen, since the show was shot in standard format and we get almost the whole negative image on screen, with only a shot or two faintly cramped or with a figure not quite as fully seen as it was meant to be. No such worry about MM though, no image of her gets trimmed: the magnificent ballgown she's poured into becomes a character in itself. For me, this is MM's greatest performance just as "Camille" is Garbo's. In "Camille" you never catch Garbo acting, every line feels tossed off or thrown away except the big ones, which get the full heartcry the script calls for. In MM's film her every line flows from her with an assurance she matched only in "Bus Stop" and never feels acted. Inge's "Bus Stop", aside frin MM's scenes, strikes me as far less interesting than Rattigan's neatly built comedy, whose scenes without MM retain strong interest both because of the script and of Olivier's hand for detail and grip on staging. Also, Jack Cardiff fills the screen with glowing color to match the decor and costumes and much of my delight lies in having the full screen aglow, wall to wall and top to bottom with luscious light--light focused often on MM's sheer glory. Olivier's line readings are great fun, a grotesque joy, but MM reads like an angel and steals the show with her heartfelt method realism. What can one say about her that isn't less than she deserves here? Read more ›
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60 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One reason to watch it November 1, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have two complaints about this film. (1) The special effects used for the coronation parade are very bad; and (2) the song Marilyn sings is very poor (but thankfully brief). However, there is one overwhelming reason to take this film to heart. I have 17 films in which Marilyn Monroe appears or stars, and I can say with certainty that in this one, she is her most radiant, most charming, and most beautiful. And because this is her "happiest" film, she giggles, and she laughs, and it's marvelous! My favorite film will always be "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," and I think Marilyn's best acting is in "The Misfits." But in "The Prince and the Showgirl," I see Marilyn Monroe as the gorgeous American Icon we all love and cherish. Although the movie is not all that good, it showcases the Ultimate Marilyn. For her, and for her alone, I must give this film 4 stars.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Most Unlikely Pair, but it's Magic! December 2, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I first saw this movie years ago, very late or early on a New Year's Eve. I staid glued to the set watching the relationship between these two develop. Marilyn Monroe is so young and charming and funny. Laurence Olivier was already a very established actor. It surprised me to see him in this film, but as usual he pulled it off. I have looked for a copy of this film for a long time. It's a little known jewel in both Olivier's and Monroe's carreers. It's worth seeing.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By forrie
Format:DVD
Warner Brothers gives us an outstanding remastered video & sound DVD. The Technicolor Full Feature picture quality and clarity are eye candy to watch.
Marilyns co-star Lord Lawrence Olivier also Directed & Produced this satarical comedy of royalty meets show business.
Summary: The year is 1911 Olivier a touring European Prince meets a showgirl (Monroe) backstage in a London theatre. His immediate attraction to her prompts an immediate invitation for a midnight dinner back at his royal suite. Her beauty & candid wit keeps the prince off guard. A romance begins and the reality of royal service constantly interfere. Will they find happiness ever after?
Marilyn as always is beautiful and her comedy skills are unmatched. The Special Features include; Cast & Crew, Trailer and Announcement Newsreel.
This is a fun movie especially for Monroe fans. Enjoy.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE MOVIES EVER! April 23, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Anyone who has any doubt that Marilyn Monroe could act must see this movie. She absolutely out does Laurence Olivier! She is so funny and charming, and her timing is impeccable. The movie is very funny and romantic, and Sybil Thorndyke is also wonderfully funny. A MUST SEE!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A FEAST FOR THE EYES! January 19, 2011
By pfvll
Format:DVD
I cannot believe how wide of the mark are so many of the reviews for this highly entertaining and funny movie. I have watched it several times over the years, still watch it occasionally and am amazed that it continues to entertain and amuse - it just refuses to date.

The funny, sparkling script by Terence Rattigan is leavened with the yeast of telling social commentary, as relevant today as it is to the Edwardian setting. It is full of perceptive one-liners that still make us chuckle. The basic story of how a street-wise, but romantic young girl not only survives, but succeeds in the rarified class-conscious world of royalty and ossified convention is one that enchants us and has us rooting for her.

Visually, it is a feast of riotous colour - stunning interiors, beautiful women in gorgeous dresses and men in either impressive uniforms or the masculine elegance of Edwardian menswear. What's not to like? Jack Cardiff, the cinematographer, yet again demonstrates his unique painterly skill as the finest Technicolor camaraman ever. He displays Marilyn Monroe's beauty better than any other cinematographer has ever done.

The comments that Olivier's acting is "wooden" and that Monroe acts him off the screen are just ridiculous. Olivier is an actor, for heaven's sake, and is playing a Balkan prince of no charm and sombre character. The first five minutes alone - where he thanks the line of actors - is memorably funny with Olivier's subtle interpretation of a bored royal's public relations ritual. He brilliantly contrasts the prince's distant, embarrassed, response to forward yoicks to his attempts at flirtatious conversation with attractive young and not-so-young women.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars ... too long [two hours] and two slow and sometimes boring. Marilyn is...
Movie is too long [two hours] and two slow and sometimes boring. Marilyn is delightful and Dame Sybil Thorndike is wonderful. I found Olivier tedious. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Rasiel Pereira
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE IT!!!!
My daughter got this so I'm going to let her do the review...
I love this movie! Marilyn's character is very sassy and its quite funny!! Read more
Published 12 days ago by jackie coley
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic. Must see.
I adore this fast paced clever and hilarious film!
Published 16 days ago by Donna
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I love Marilyn Monroe. She is super funny as the showgirl in this movie! Olivier is great also! Thanks amazon!
Published 1 month ago by melissa veith
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal, Love it!
This movie is awesome! It happens to be one of my favorite movies! Watch it and buy it--I guarantee you'll love it!
Published 1 month ago by Kimberly Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars The prince and showgirl(2012)
I bought this DVD Because Marilyn Monroe my favorite actress
This is the first Marilyn Monroe movie I bought. The movies
very funny and Romantic. I love it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mohashem
5.0 out of 5 stars The Prince, the show girl, and one happy lady!
I love Marilyn Monroe and I love this movie!!!! 100% both thumbs up!!!! I've been looking for this movie for a decent price for a while and I just love it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chattie
5.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn fans here ya go
Great movie for the true fans of this great actress and her talent is far above the average. the plot and the acting is just great. pure gold. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. White
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Marilyn Monroe.
I think it is the better of Marilyn. I also wanted to add to my collection. And am very happy with it.
Published 2 months ago by celida
5.0 out of 5 stars My fav movie from Miss Marilyn
Great movie. Marilyn Monroe is simply fantastic. This is my favorite movie of Miss Monroe. A must-have for a die-hard Marilyn fan!
Published 2 months ago by Tanisha Green
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