The Prince and the Showgirl PG

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This film was last shown on 14 December 2023

Showroom Cinema is proud to present a trio of Jack Cardiff’s post-Red Shoes Technicolor works, concluding with 1957’s The Prince and the Showgirl.

Set against the backdrop of the 1911 coronation of King George V, the film stars Olivier as Prince Charles, a strict Ruritanian regent, and Marilyn Monroe as Elsie Marina, a fun-loving American showgirl. Before long, Elsie becomes involved not only in a royal romance, but in some international intrigue which could lead to a world war.

Adapted from Terence Rattigan's play The Sleeping Prince, The Prince and the Showgirl was one of just two films produced by Monroe’s production company, formed to move away from the typecasting of Hollywood. Despite the reportedly troubled production, the resulting film is rich, vibrant and full of wonderful performances that make it ripe for rediscovery.

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Laurence Olivier
1 hour 55 minutes
Laurence Olivier, Marilyn Monroe, Richard Wattis


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