The Prince and the Showgirl
is a 1957 American film produced at Pinewood Studios
starring Marilyn Monroe
and co-starring Laurence Olivier
who also served as director and producer.
The film was released on 13 June 1957. It was written by Terence Rattigan
who based the script on his play The Sleeping Prince
. The story of the making of the film is the basis for the 2011 film My Week with Marilyn
The film is set in London
in June 1911. George V will be crowned king on 22 June and in the preceding days many of the most important dignitaries arrive. Among those arriving are King Nicholas of Carpathia
and the regent, Prince Charles.
The British government
realises Carpathia is critical to the tension in Europe
and to gain favour with them would be wise. They find it necessary to pamper the royals during their stay in London, and thus civil servant Northbrook is detached to their service. Northbrook decides to take the Prince Regent out to the musical performance The Coconut Girl
. During the interval the Prince Regent is taken backstage to meet the cast. He is particularly interested in Elsie Marina, one of the performers, and invites her to the embassy for supper.
Elsie arrives at the embassy
and is soon joined by the Prince Regent. She expects a party but quickly realises the Prince's true intentions; she is persuaded not to leave by Northbrook, who promises to provide an excuse for her later. While the Prince and Elsie are trying to have a quiet supper there are many... Read More