When a dazzling American showgirl captures the monocled eye of an imperious European monarch, it's clear proof opposites attract. And who could be more attractive opposites than luminous Marilyn Monroe and suave Laurence Olivier (who also produced and directed) as The Prince and the Showgirl? He's Prince Regent of Carpathia, an arrogant stuffed shirt visiting London for the 1911 coronation of King George V. She's Elsie Marina of Milwaukee, short on social graces but long on common sense, in London as a third-from-the-left Gaiety Girl. Their liaison is an eye-opener - and it soon gets hazy as to who's seducing whom. With Olivier's style, Monroe's radiance and the wit of Terrence Rattigan's script (adapting his play The Sleeping Prince), your heart and funnybone truly receive the royal treatment.
- The Prince and the Showgirl review by RM
Brilliant acting by all main characters. Comic contrast between Olivier's formal role and Monroe's playful character. Entertaining and fun. Family viewing.
A 1957 film, but does not feel dated because it was portraying a historic period (1911).
DVD beautifully produced.
One of the best performances by Marilyn Monroe in a role showcasing her acting skills and unique tongue-in-cheek comic charm. For Laurence Olivier, this was a light-hearted departure from his usual weighty roles.
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