The Prince and the Showgirl | 1957 | Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier

The Prince and the Showgirl | 1957 | Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier

Laurence Olivier directs himself and Marilyn Monroe in this fluffy romcom, about flighty and far from innocent American entertainer Elsie Marina (Monroe) who becomes mixed up with royalty during the 1911 coronation of George V – or, to be more precise, with the regent of a remote principality (Olivier). The plot is paper-thin, but the film showcases Monroe’s talents as a comedienne.

Nothing could better the scene in which she gets a little drunk during her first visit to the royal palace – and naturally she looks absolutely radiant. The pairing of Olivier and Monroe seems unlikely but works surprisingly well.

Marilyn Monroe as Elsie
Laurence Olivier as The Regent
Sybil Thorndike as The Queen Dowager
Richard Wattis as Northbrook
Jeremy Spenser as King Nicolas
David Horne as The Foreign Office
Harold Goodwin as Call Boy
Gladys Henson as Dresser
Jean Kent as Maisie Springfield
Charles Victor as Theatre Manager
Daphne Anderson as Fanny
Vera Day as Betty
Gillian Owen as Maggie
Esmond Knight as Hoffman
Paul Hardwick as Major Domo
Rosamund Greenwood as Maud
Andreas Malandrinos as Valet with Violin
Margot Lister as Lottie
Aubrey Dexter as The Ambassador
Maxine Audley as Lady Sunningdale
Dennis Edwards as Head Valet

Production Design: Roger K. Furse
Art Direction: Carmen Dillon
Set Dresser: Dario Simoni
Director Of Photography: Jack Cardiff
Camera Operator: Denys N. Coop
Focus Puller: Wally Fairweather
Costume Design: Beatrice Dawson
Makeup Artist: Tony Sforzini
Hairstylist: Gordon Bond
Choreographer: William Chappell
Special Effects: Bill Warrington
Special Effects: Charles Staffell
Director: Laurence Olivier
Assistant Director: Anthony Bushell
Assistant Director: David W. Orton
Continuity: Elaine Schreyeck
Editor: Jack Harris
Producer: Laurence Olivier
Production Manager: Edward Joseph
Executive In Charge Of Production: Hugh Perceval
Executive Producer: Milton H. Greene
Original Music Composer: Richard Addinsell
Music Director: Muir Mathieson
Other: Ted Drake
Sound Recordist: John W. Mitchell
Sound Recordist: Gordon K. Mccallum
Screenplay: Terence Rattigan

UK | 115 minutes | 1957



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