The Prince and the Showgirl

The Prince and the Showgirl

DVD - 2002
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An American showgirl's love affair with a duke is challenged by politics, petty jealousies and premonitions of war.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2002]
Edition: Standard.
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780790753126
079075312X
Branch Call Number: PRI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (117 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Dec 08, 2017

In this decidedly over-exaggerated, 1957 Romantic-Comedy (Ha! Ha! So funny I forgot to laugh) - "American Vulgarity Personified" (that's Monroe's character) meets and is swept off her feet by "Utterly Pretentious Political Refinement" (that's Olivier's character).

And what inevitably takes place between this truly tiresome, mismatched twosome has got to be one of the most sickening displays of contrived, slap-dash, screwball shenanigans ever recorded on film.

IMO - Not only did Olivier prove (as a director) that he couldn't effectively direct this particular genre of film - But (as an actor) he also proved that he was totally clueless (as a man) about how to really give Monroe (the ultimate, 1950s sex symbol) an honest-to-goodness kiss like he really meant it. It was all just quick, delicate pecks on the lips without ever once demonstrating any intense, sexual intimacy, whatsoever.

Anyway - Speaking about the creamy-white, skin-tight dress that Monroe wore throughout most of the story - Man-oh-man! - Did that glitzy outfit ever emphasize the monumental proportions of her ample ass, big-time. Yep. It sure did.

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Triple_X_Rex
Feb 10, 2017

Marilyn Monroe.

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rslade
Sep 17, 2014

The film about which "My Week With Marilyn" was made. Some amusing parts, but the relationships are hard to believe, and it just gets more tangled as it goes on.

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matrixy
Mar 06, 2014

worth seeing if just to compare the 1957 voluptuous marilyn with the skinny 2000's marilyn in my week with marilyn

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richibi
Sep 02, 2012

Marilyn is again incandescent, the rest is risible

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badgirls
Jun 25, 2012

Comedy with Marilyn Monroe as the "Showgirl" and Laurence Oliver as the "Prince".
Great supporting cast of English actors.
Fun but far from Monroe's or Oliver's best performance.
This film from the 50's is now of interest as it was Marilyn's offscreen trials and tribulations that the 2011 acclaimed film "My Week With Marilyn" is based.
Interestingly enough both Monroe and Oliver went on to give great performances in their next films, "Some Like It Hot" for Monroe and Oliver in "The Entertainer".

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