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Prince and the Showgirl (The)

Country: UK, Language: English, 115 mins

  • Director: Laurence Olivier
  • Writer: Terence Rattigan
  • Producer: Anthony Bushell; Milton H. Greene

CGiii Comment

Sparkling Marilyn and stiff Olivier - watch it just for Marilyn.

Terribly camp...and, there may even be nuances of subtext.


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The(ir) Blurb...

When Grandduke Charles, the prince-regent of Carpathia, a fictitious Balkan country which could start a European war by switching alliances, visits London for the coronation of the new British King in 1911, and spends his one evening off at the Coconut Girl Club, the reputed stickler for protocol is so charmed by a clumsy American understudy that he orders his British attaché to invite her to the embassy for a private supper. Being overlooked and understanding German, she learns of the repressive attitude of the regent and the plans of his reformist, pro-German minor son, King Nicholas, to take over power by surprise, but doesn't dodge and tries to reconcile father and son. The queen-dowager decides to make her lady-in-waiting for the coronation day, so she stays in the picture to everyone else's surprise.

Cast & Characters

Marilyn Monroe as Elsie Marina;
Laurence Olivier as Charles, the Prince Regent;
Sybil Thorndike as The Queen Dowager;
Richard Wattis as Northbrook;
Jeremy Spenser as King Nicolas;
Esmond Knight as Hoffman;
Paul Hardwick as Major Domo;
Rosamund Greenwood as Maud;
Aubrey Dexter as The Ambassador;
Maxine Audley as Lady Sunningdale;
Harold Goodwin as Call Boy;
Andreas Malandrinos as Valet with Violin;
Jean Kent as Masie Springfield;
Daphne Anderson as Fanny;
Gillian Owen as Maggie