Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier on the cover
First of all, I present you the cover of the magazine. On the cover of the Colecção Cinema magazine number 1 of the 12 series is Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier. Published in 1957 by the agência Portuguesa de revistas. It has 32 pages and is completely dedicated to the film “The Prince and the Showgirl“. On the back cover, the actor Joseph Cotten.
Colecção Cinema Magazine
The Colecção Cinema is a Portuguese magazine published between 1952 and 1965. Totally dedicated to movies.
It has 3 formats and 27 series.
In the first series (1952) 20 issues were edited. Each issue contains the novelization of several films. The format is 21,3/28,7cm.
Between the second and the seventh series (1953-1956), each series has 10 numbers. Each number contained 3 or 4 movie novelisations. Its format is 16,9/23,9cm.
The 8/26 series (1956-1964), have 20 numbers each. Each one corresponds to a movie.
The 27 series (1964/1965) contains other articles besides a single movie. More than 100 numbers came out. The 8/27 series have the format of 12,1/16,9cm.
The Prince and the Showgirl
Laurence Olivier (Director). Terence Rattingan (Writer)
Marilyn Monroe (Elsie). Laurence Olivier (Regent). Sybil Thorndicke (Queen Dowager). Richard Wattis (Northbrook). Jeremy Spencer (King Nicolas). Esmond Knight (Hoffman).
As a plot, the arrogant and pretentious Grand Duke Charles, Prince Regent of the fictitious European country of Carpathia, goes to London with his son, future King, Nicholas VIII, and the Queen Mother Dowager to attend the coronation of the English King, George V.
Carlos, bored and tired of his practically politics filled life decides to take a break and goes to watch a play “The Coconut Girl”, where he meets one of the secondary actresses Elsie Marina, and invites her to a party at the Embassy of Carpathos.
The simple actress Elsie had been brought to the embassy by the Foreign Minister, Lord Northbrook. He was willing to satisfy any wish of the Carpathia delegation.
She only realized that the party she had imagined was only a date for two when she got there. At first she didn’t like this date at all because of the format it was in. Elsie ended up falling in love with Carlos before getting totally drunk.
The actress ended up sleeping at the embassy and was convinced by Queen Mother Dowager to attend the coronation of the English king that would take place that day.
Nicholas who was to become king 18 months from now was torn between his father’s democratic ideas, or the pro-German idea of ending the monarchy in Carpathia. It was between a dance of Nicholas and Elsie in which the actress convinced Charles’ son to reconcile with his father.
The next day Charles was leaving England with a passionate memory of Elsie.