The Prince and the Showgirl
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Marilyn Monroe stars with Academy Award winner Sir Lawrence Olivier in this romance between an American chorus girl and a European prince set in London during the coronation of King George V in The Prince and the Showgirl. On stage in London's West End, American chorus girl Elsie Marina (Monroe) catches the eye of Charles, Prince Regent of Carpathia (Olivier). The prince invites the bubbly showgirl to his hotel suite for an intimate dinner, where she successfully wards off his less-than-honorable advances, drinks too much champagne and thwarts the prince's plot to overthrow the rightful King of Carpathia. Nominated for four BAFTA awards. Based on the play The Sleeping Prince by Terence Rattigan.]]>
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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.Read more ›
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The film is gorgeous to look at and has some good scenes and performances; but the plot--about the romantic involvement of an American chorus girl with a Balkan Grand Duke, and her... Read morePublished 2 months ago by dean59
Marilyn at her best, although there was absolutely no chemistry between her and Sir Lawrence. Probably because she was so difficult and unprofessional to work with, the exact... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Auntie M
Cute movie. Marilyn Monroe is luminous and darling as always. Olivier is amusing. The son is the best part of the movie. Laugh-out- loud funny in some of his lines. Read morePublished 3 months ago by aurora432
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