The Prince And The Showgirl

LAURENCE OLIVIER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1957.  Warner Bros., Marilyn Monroe Productions.  Screenplay by , based on his play The Sleeping Prince. Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by Richard Addinsell.  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Magnificent performances atone for a sluggish pace and lack of energy. Marilyn Monroe gives an deliciously insightful performance as a worldly and wise cabaret singer who is invited by a visiting foreign prince (, who also directed) to dine with him in his palace. Thinking he’s in for a nice quick night of easy romance, this dapper host is quite surprised when Monroe shows a knack for getting involved in the politics brewing about her, not to mention that she eventually wins his heart. has a hilarious supporting role as Olivier’s old mother, who mistakenly believes Monroe to speak fluent French and never seems to notice that their conversation is one-sided.

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