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No film should be destroyed. Is this movie the greatest? No. Does it have, from top to bottom, some of the best actors, both leading and supporting, working in England at that time? Yes. The film has a script, based on his own play, by Terrence Rattigan, one of the most respected "modern"British playwrights. To suggest the destruction of a film that isn't to your personal taste shows a lack of respect for the art form in general, in my opinion.
- glenn s
this movie is the worst in all catagories larry olivier is horriblly miscast an d marilyn was equally as bad this film should be destroyed
The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)
- Mr. Blandings
Horrible performances, and mismatched leads have no chemistry. This movie made me want to run screaming from the room it was so natteringly annoying and chaotically dialogued. Unwatchable, so I stopped watching halfway through. You'd have to be a die-hard Monroe fan to watch this, and I don't think any Olivier fan would put up with it. *
A step down from Bus Stop, but not a drastic one.
'Frothy", I think, is what they used to call this kind of movie. It would have made more sense between The Seven Year Itch and Bus Stop, but after Bus Stop, Marilyn had transcended this kind of formulaic role and image. (No, I do NOT have a good explanation for Let's Make Love, other than the fact that she had contract obligations.) Still, there's the "prestige" of working with Olivier. If he'd been as aware of the unique kind of prestige she offered him in turn, maybe this would have worked better. Here, the greatest actor working in the English language looks like a stiff, and Marilyn totally shines. Apparently, Dame Sybil Thorndike was the only one who realized Marilyn was blowing them all off the screen, and yet she had nothing but good things to say. Supposedly, Olivier did a lot of venting about Marilyn to anyone who would listen, and if he'd applied some of that energy to his scenes with her, he wouldn't have come off looking so bad. Be warned, this movie is VERY British, but witty as well. If you're a fan of Marilyn, you must see this.