The Prince and the Showgirl
Star of the month... Marilyn Monroe
Spotlight on... Royalty on Film
|Marilyn Monroe as Elsie Marina|
'The Prince and the Showgirl' is a 1957 royal romantic comedy directed by and starring Laurence Olivier with Marilyn Monroe and Sybil Thorndike. The film was released by Marilyn's production company Marilyn Monroe Productions and is written by Terence Rattigan, based on his 1953 play 'The Sleeping Prince'.
The film has recently received some attention in the film 'My Week with Marilyn' (2011) - this is the film Marilyn is making during the film.
|Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe |
as 'The Prince & the Showgirl'
Did you know...
- The film was originally meant to be a musical, however Marilyn's then husband Arthur Miller persuaded Marilyn to lose the songs
- This was the only film Marilyn made outside of the USA
- Olivier played the role of The Regent opposite his real life wife Vivien Leigh
Awards and nominations
- BAFTA nomination: Best British Actor (Laurence Olivier)
- BAFTA nomination: Best Foreign Actress (Marilyn Monroe)
- BAFTA nomination: Best British Film
- BAFTA nomination: Best British Screenplay (Terence Rattigan)
- BAFTA nomination: Best Film from any Source
- Italian Film Academy David Di Donatello Award winner: Best Foreign Actress (Marilyn Monroe)
- French Film Academy Crystal Star Award winner: Best Foreign Actress (Marilyn Monroe)
- National Board of Review Award Winner - Best Supporting Actress (Sybil Thorndike)
The first hour of the film is very enjoyable to watch, however the second hour is rather slow and gets boring at times. The film was originally meant to be a musical, which may have sped up the pace a little.
Elegant production design of the embassy makes this film a visual feast, with Marilyn's dazzling and delightful portrayal of the blonde bombshell. The acting highlight goes to Sybil Thorndike in her role as the deaf and witty Queen Mother.