HENRY V (1944)
1944, Sony Repertory, 137 min, UK, Dir: Laurence Olivier

Winston Churchill wanted a morale booster for British troops in WWII and got more than he could have possibly imagined in what is arguably the first great Shakespeare film. Laurence Olivier directs and stars as the 15th-century warrior king, leading his troops to victory against the French at Agincourt. Brilliantly framed with sequences depicting the play’s performance at the Globe Theatre, this Technicolor tour-de-force was nominated for four Oscars, with Olivier receiving an honorary award for his yeoman work. Once more unto the breach!


THE PRINCE AND THE SHOWGIRL
1957, Warner Bros., 115 min, UK, Dir: Laurence Olivier

Prince-regent Grandduke Charles of Carpatha (Sir Laurence Olivier, who also directs) is visiting London for the coronation of the new British king in 1911, when one night he indulges his proclivities and stops by the Coconut Girl Club. There he meets gorgeous but clumsy club singer Elsie (Marilyn Monroe) and against his better judgment, invites the curvaceous chanteuse to a private dinner. Little does the prince know that Elsie understands German, and when she overhears Charles mentioning his son’s plans to switch alliances to Germany, she gets to work on the wee tasks of reconciling the two royals and keeping Carpatha from tipping the volatile Europe into war. With Jeremy Spenser and Sybil Thorndike.


THE PRINCE AND THE SHOWGIRL
1957, Warner Bros., 115 min, UK, Dir: Laurence Olivier

Prince-regent Grandduke Charles of Carpatha (Sir Laurence Olivier, who also directs) is visiting London for the coronation of the new British king in 1911, when one night he indulges his proclivities and stops by the Coconut Girl Club. There he meets gorgeous but clumsy club singer Elsie (Marilyn Monroe) and against his better judgment, invites the curvaceous chanteuse to a private dinner. Little does the prince know that Elsie understands German, and when she overhears Charles mentioning his son’s plans to switch alliances to Germany, she gets to work on the wee tasks of reconciling the two royals and keeping Carpatha from tipping the volatile Europe into war. With Jeremy Spenser and Sybil Thorndike.


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