Destined to remain a curio in the careers of Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier, The Prince and the Showgirl is a good movie that might have been great. While's she's wonderful as a saucy showgirl with a knack for foreign relations, Monroe's off-screen notoriety in 1957 made this a directorial nightmare for Olivier, who never bursts out of his stiff-collared finery as the Carpathian Prince Regent, who's smitten by Marilyn's innocent, unpolished candor. Of course, she's actually smarter than the monocled monarch, at least in her sensible handling of his stuffed-shirt diplomacy, so it's easy to forgive Terence Rattigan's script (from his play The Sleeping Prince) for favoring pomp over circumstance. The comedy percolates without bubbling over in this tale of opposites attracting, but it's a top-drawer production anyway, blessed by Jack Cardiff's gorgeous Technicolor cinematography and by the charm of costars who successfully concealed their off-screen anxieties. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Despite reports that MM was troublesome on the set she performs very well in this movie.Published 4 months ago by David Gwynne
Super happy with the quality of this movie in that there are no deficiencies throughout the viewing. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Miss Dee
First of all, let it be known that I am a great fan of both, MM and Lawrence Olivier.
So much of a fan that even hating this movie,I still ordered and bought it because I love... Read more
Marilyn Monroe stars as Elsie, a London chorus girl who catches the eye of a visiting Prince (Laurence Olivier). Read morePublished on Aug. 15 2012 by Kona
I have been searching for this movie EVERYWHERE since the new 'My week with marilyn' came out.
I received the movie the very next day! Thank you so much :)
This very special box set contains, the DVD, Senitype (a limited edition image from the film and 35 millimeter film frame) color booklet with rare photos of Marilyn Monroe and a... Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2004