Prince and the Showgirl

Directed By: Laurence Olivier Starring: Marilyn Monroe

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on 12/29/2012

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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Studio Warner
SKU 228352949
UPC 883929244126
UPC 14 00883929244126
Format DVD
Release Date 1/29/2013
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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 Summary
Summary 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.
Laurence Olivier
Marilyn Monroe
Cast & Crew
Jeremy Spenser - Star
Esmond Knight - Star
Paul Hardwicke - Star
Rosamund Greenwood - Star
Sybil Thorndike - Star
Laurence Olivier - Star
Maxine Audley - Star
Marilyn Monroe - Star
Jack Cardiff - Cinematographer
Richard Addinsell - Composer
Laurence Olivier - Producer
Jack Harris - Editor
Muir Mathieson - Music Director
Terence Rattigan - Story
Laurence Olivier - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1957
UPC 00883929244126
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 117 minutes
Color Color
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Video Format DVD

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One reason to watch it on Dec 29, 2012