The Prince and the Showgirl

The Prince and the Showgirl

Laurence Olivier
 Cast: Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
, Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe
, Sybil Thorndike
Sybil Thorndike
, Richard Wattis
Richard Wattis


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The title of the Anglo-American The Prince and the Showgirl could well have alluded to the genuine stations in life of stars Sir Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe. Based on the Terence Rattigan play The Sleeping Prince, the film casts Olivier as Charles, prince regent of Carpathia, who is in London to attend the 1911 coronation of King George V. Monroe is deceptively dizzy American chorus girl Elsie Marina, who while performing in a West End revue catches Charles' eye. The prince arranges for Elsie to attend an "intimate supper" at his hotel suite. Though Elsie successfully wards off Charles' advances, she drinks too much bubbly and ends up falling asleep. Comes the dawn, and Prince Charles is anxious to show the awkward Elsie the door. She, however, has fallen in love with the prince, and sticks around long enough to upset a plan to overthrow the Carpathian throne, and to patch up a feud between Charles and his son Nicholas (Jeremy Spencer). Olivier directed as well as starred in The Prince and the Showgirl; he knew he had his work cut out for him in dealing with the mercurial Marilyn Monroe, but he managed to hold his temper and to extract a delightful comic performance from the actress. Alas, the film was a box-office disappointment, leading many Hollywood insiders to moan and wail that Monroe was "washed up" in films -- at least until her spectacular comeback in Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hot (1959).

Product Details

Release Date: 04/03/2012
UPC: 0883929244126
Original Release: 1957
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:57:00
Sales rank: 10,368

Special Features

Closed Caption; Announcement Newsreel

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marilyn Monroe Elsie Marina
Laurence Olivier Grand Duke Charles
Sybil Thorndike Queen Dowager
Richard Wattis Northbrooke
Jeremy Spencer Prince Nicholas
Paul Hardwick Major Domo
Esmond Knight Col. Hoffman
Rosamond Greenwood Maud
Aubrey Dexter The Ambassador
Maxine Audley Lady Sunningdale
Harold Goodwin Call Boy
Jean Kent Maisie Springfield
Daphne Anderson Fanny
Gillian Owen Maggie
Vera Day Betty
Margot Lister Lottie
Charles Victor Theatre Manager
David Horne The Foreign Officer
Gladys Henson Dresser
Andrea Malandrinos Valet with Violin

Technical Credits
Laurence Olivier Director,Producer
Richard Addinsell Score Composer
Jack Cardiff Cinematographer
William Chappell Choreography
Beatrice Dawson Costumes/Costume Designer
Carmen Dillon Art Director
Milton H. Greene Executive Producer
Jack Harris Editor
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
Terence Rattigan Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Prince and the Showgirl
1. Credits [1:50]
2. His Future Charge [3:20]
3. The Regent Visits [4:56]
4. An Invitation [1:48]
6. Elsie Arrives [4:26]
5. Forms of Address [2:38]
7. Enter the Regent [4:12]
8. An Indelicate Call [2:39]
9. King Nicholas [5:04]
10. Princely Pass Fumble [3:11]
11. Seduction Scenario [7:32]
12. Unwelcome Messenger [2:50]
13. Coronation Morning [4:39]
14. "Better An Old Hat Than..." [2:06]
15. "This Is the Morning" [3:00]
16. Charming Dance [3:52]
17. My Regent Where [3:17]
18. Order Perseverance [6:14]
19. To the Abbey [3:16]
20. The Coronation [6:23]
21. The Language Barrier [6:22]
22. The Coronation Ball [8:05]
23. Plan for Two Suppers [2:44]
24. Trapping a Fox [4:46]
25. I Found a Dream [2:22]
26. Hocus-Pocus [5:43]
27. Au revoir [5:01]
28. Parting Advice [1:43]
29. Royal Mementos [1:48]
30. Cast List [:43]

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