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The Prince And The Showgirl [DVD] [1957]

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  • Actors: Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier, Richard Wattis, David Horne, Jeremy Spenser
  • Directors: Laurence Olivier
  • Writers: Terence Rattigan
  • Producers: Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier, Milton H. Greene
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: Italian, English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Arabic, Romanian, Dutch
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: Italian, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 7 May 2001
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000695IS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,158 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features:
Announcement newsreel: "Marylin Starts a New Deal in Hollywood"
Theatrical Trailer
Screen Ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio: Mono

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The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) was Marilyn Monroe's only British-made film and scores highly for curiosity value. There's something rather outrageous about this iconic American star playing a second-rate hoofer living in a theatrical boarding house in Brixton. Monroe herself is predictably good and touching as Elsie Marina, plucked from the chorus to entertain the Regent of Carpathia for the evening and ultimately smoothing his rough edges. There is, however, a rather uphill feeling all the way.

The making of the movie was by all accounts a troubled experience for everybody concerned. Monroe, increasingly unreliable and exasperating, had an unsympathetic director in Laurence Olivier, also playing the Regent Charles, who hardly had the patience for a star of her mercurial talents with her own ideas of professional behaviour. His own performance as the Balkan royal is hammy and mannered and there isn't even a damp squib of sexual chemistry between them. Terence Rattigan's script, based on his successful play, is far too wordy and stage-bound. But somehow Monroe effervesces through all this adversity, aided considerably by British character actor Richard Wattis and the great Sybil Thorndyke, who became her ally during the difficult filming. Not vintage Marilyn but fascinating all the same, and she looks fantastic.

On the DVD: The Prince and the Showgirl is presented in 4:3 with an occasionally muffled, apparently mono, soundtrack, giving this DVD a rather dusty quality which is in keeping with the vintage British 1950s production values. Extras include a cast list, original trailer and newsreel footage of the announcement that Marilyn was to make the film with Olivier, referred to at that stage as The Sleeping Prince. --Piers Ford

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mark K. Hughes on 21 Nov. 2010
Format: DVD
The story is little to write home about...The Prince Regent of an imaginary Ruritanian country meets a showgirl whilst in
London for the 1911 coronation of George V. Laurence Olivier is the Prince Regent and Marilyn Monroe is the showgirl he encounters.
Photographed by legendary cinematographer Jack Cardiff who also worked on Black Narcissus (amongst many many others) The affair here is between Monroe and the camera. She has never been more lovingly photographed. At 30 years old she is at the peak of her amazing beauty. Her comic timing is pretty good too. In fact she blows Olivier off the screen. Others along for the ride include Dame Sybil Thorndike as the dotty Queen Dowager, Richard Wattis and Jeremy Spenser as the Young King. The sets are extremely plush and the production values are excellent. Monroe wears the same white evening dress throughout and did I mention how ravishing she is? I did! Okay well if you are a Monroe fan you need to see this film. It is not as Laugh out Loud funny as Some Like it Hot or as Raw as Bus Stop but it does have charm.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By pfvll on 11 July 2009
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I cannot believe how wide of the mark are so many of the reviews for this highly entertaining and funny movie. I have watched it several times over the years, still watch it occasionally and am amazed that it continues to entertain and amuse - it just refuses to date.

The funny, sparkling script by Terence Rattigan is leavened with the yeast of telling social commentary, as relevant today as it is to the Edwardian setting. It is full of perceptive one-liners that still make us chuckle. The basic story of how a street-wise, but romantic young girl not only survives, but succeeds in the rarified class-conscious world of royalty and ossified convention is one that enchants us and has us rooting for her.

Visually, it is a feast of riotous colour - stunning interiors, beautiful women in gorgeous dresses and men in either impressive uniforms or the masculine elegance of Edwardian menswear. What's not to like? Jack Cardiff, the cinematographer, yet again demonstrates his unique painterly skill as the finest Technicolor camaraman ever. He displays Marilyn Monroe's beauty better than any other cinematographer has ever done.

The comments that Olivier's acting is "wooden" and that Monroe acts him off the screen are just ridiculous. Olivier is an actor, for heaven's sake, and is playing a Balkan prince of no charm and sombre character. The first five minutes alone - where he thanks the line of actors - is memorably funny with Olivier's subtle interpretation of a bored royal's public relations ritual. He brilliantly contrasts the prince's distant, embarrassed, response to forward yoicks to his attempts at flirtatious conversation with attractive young and not-so-young women.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ahantrobus on 15 May 2012
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We all have our personal opinions of course but I feel I must put on record my high opinion of the
performance of Laurence Olivier in this film.
It is subtle in a way that to some has obviously been overlooked.
Possibly for the reason that Marilyn Monroe shines so brightly in her role. I have seen the film many times but after reading some comments on L O I decided to concentrate on him rather than Marilyn. Difficult......This is a very fine performance. Full of shades of interest and variety of expression. In fact to repeat....subtlety.
When this film is enjoyed for what it is ....a light comedy romance...it is so hard to imagine that there were ever any worries in the making of it.
If ever a film needs to be re appraised this is surely the one.
In my view a top class film!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Williams on 19 Sept. 2011
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This delicious and unusually intelligent comic confection caught me off guard when I happened to watch a Sunday night screening on the BBC last month. I've seldom been so captivated by any film, classic or otherwise, and hastened to order a copy of the DVD as soon as the credits rolled.

From first to last, Monroe lights up the screen with her performance as the eponymous showgirl, Elsie Marina. Her American warmth and vitality, to say nothing of her radiant beauty, offer the perfect foil to Olivier's flinty and Teutonic Prince Regent. A majestic Sybil Thorndike is Oscar-worthy as a laugh-out-loud Queen Dowager and veteran British actor Richard Wattis excels as the starchy Foreign Office representative, Northbrook. Costumes and set designs are positively Beatonesque (which is to say, absolutely magnificent) and Addinsell's light-hearted score is completely charming. I've been humming the waltz theme for weeks now!

Particularly worthy of note are the scenes set in Westminster Abbey, which incorporate footage from the Coronations of George VI and Elizabeth II. Whilst adding considerable verisimilitude to the proceedings, these moving and powerful sequences help 'round out' the film's otherwise irreverent, if always affectionate, portrait of the mores and idiosyncracies of pre-WW1 European royalty.

An enchanting movie. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pam on 3 Jan. 2012
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I bought the price and the showgirl just after having seen 'a week with Marilyn' as I had not seen the original film with Marilyn and Lawrence. Had thought it would be OK however I really enjoyed it, so much so I now need to see 'a week with Marilyn' again as I think I will get even more pleasure from that film.
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