The Prince and the Showgirl

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The Prince and the Showgirl
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 57 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: April 3, 2012
  • Originally Released: 1957
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Announcement Newsreel
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • English, French
    • Subtitles - English, French, Japanese, Spanish

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 7


User Ratings: 4,479
Rating: C+ -- Despite the star caliber, it's a minor movie--a curiosity--for both actor-director Olivier and star-producer Monroe, in large part due to the weaknesses of the source material and direction. Full Review
Aug 4, 2012
Rating: 3/5 -- Fascinating on several levels, particularly pairing of Olivier and Monroe.
Feb 19, 2008
For a romantic trille, it's a bit long and repetitious, but the oddly matched principals are often quite funny together. Full Review
Maclean's Magazine
Nov 21, 2019
Rating: B- -- Genial but Dull and heavy-handed Ruritarian comedy that co-stars the 50-year-old British stage great Olivier with the 30-year-old American Hollywood sex queen Marilyn Monroe. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Aug 6, 2012

Product Description:

Laurence Olivier is the Carpathian prince visiting England for the coronation of George V. Marilyn Monroe is Elsie Marina, an American actress doing a musical review at a nearby theater. When an old flame of the prince's turns out to be Elsie's boss at the theater, their paths cross--and Elsie's determined not to let them uncross. After the prince confirms her worst fear--that he's interested only in a quick seduction--she nonetheless finds herself falling for him. As his mother-in-law takes a shine to Elsie, she finds herself attending every official function of the coronation--to the chagrin of the prince and her jealous boss. The crusty prince must decide whether to let love into his duty-bound life, and Elsie must decide if happily-ever-after ever really comes true. Olivier shines in his dour, bumbling straight-man role, while Monroe is at her charming, luminous, naive best.

Plot Synopsis:

This modern Cinderella story teams Marilyn Monroe with Laurence Olivier in an unlikely story of romance between a visiting European potentate and a lowly but attractive British showgirl. The English government, anxious to please the influential leader, helps push the two together--despite the beautiful young woman's confusion and protests in the early stages of the courtship.


Production Notes:

  • The film was shot at Pinewood Studios in London.
  • Tension abounded on the set. Monroe was nervous and insecure at working with the legendary British actor; Olivier found her unprofessionalism and neediness tiresome; and Olivier's then-wife, Vivien Leigh, was consumed with jealousy throughout the production.
  • Monroe spends most of the film in a form-fitting, borderline-too-small white evening dress completely anachronistic to the period. (The film is set in 1911.)
  • In 1975, Britain's equivalent of the Tony awards were named the Oliviers.

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  • UPC: 883929244126
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