The Prince and the Showgirl – Marilyn Monroe and Lawrence Olivier – why is it so unwatchable?
- Olivier puts on a terrible “foreign” accent, because he’s supposed to be a prince of “Carpathia”. He does nothing endearing, and can show no warmth.
- The screenplay is by Terence Rattigan, who wrote the morose Deep Blue Sea.
- The opening couldn’t be duller (five minutes of exposition: Who is this Prince? Why is he here? Who are we? We’re people in the foreign office. Look out the window: there’s the person we’re talking about, in a carriage.)
- The dialogue is bad. This is the level of “wit”: “When one is young, one should use a lot of mascara. When one is older, one should use much more.”
- And the main reason is you just feel sorry for Monroe. She seems to be as abused in the film as she was in real life.