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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  August 1953 (USA)
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Singers Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the disapproving father of Lorelei's fiancé to keep an eye on her, as well as a rich, enamored old man and many other doting admirers.

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Lorelei and Dorothy are just "Two Little Girls from Little Rock", lounge singers on a transatlantic cruise, working their way to Paris, and enjoying the company of any eligible men they might meet along the way, even though "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend." Based on the Broadway musical based on the novel. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

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The Two M-M-Marvels Of Our Age In The Wonder Musical Of The World!


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Trivia

For the "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" musical number, Marilyn Monroe was originally going to be dressed in nothing but bands of black velvet and masses of rhinestones, creating the illusion of a woman-sized diamond necklace. However, this design was deemed too revealing and vetoed by the studio in favor of the now iconic pink dress. See more »

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As Dorothy and Lorelei walk to their dressing room after the opening number, Lorelei removes her hat with her right hand. When they enter the dressing room, the hat is in Lorelei's left hand. See more »

Quotes

Dorothy Shaw: [singing] Bye bye baby. Remember you're my baby when they give you the eye.
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Referenced in Intimate Games (1976) See more »

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When Love Goes Wrong
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Music by Hoagy Carmichael
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Performed by Marilyn Monroe (uncredited) and Jane Russell (uncredited) with Parisians
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Cute 1950's Fluff
1 January 2005 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

A gold-digging, or rather diamond-digging, "dumb" blonde, played by Marilyn Monroe, and her singing gal pal, played by the vivacious Jane Russell, provide mutual support on a love boat cruise, where they flirt with, and woo, eligible and preferably rich, men, in this musical comedy from the early 50's. The story is thin and nonsensical. But that's OK, because the film's strengths lie in its comedic script, its dazzling musical numbers, and the inclusion of the visually stunning M. Monroe, as Lorelei Lee.

Superficially, Lorelei "seems" like a not very bright "babe", especially in some of her comments. For example, she counsels Russell's character by saying: "I want you to find happiness --- and stop having fun". But there is a subtle quality about Lorelei that suggests that she may be smarter than she lets on. One wonders if Monroe, who was quite intelligent and bookish in real life, was really acting in this film, or just being herself.

While there are several lively, and memorable, musical numbers, they are all lead-ins to the lavish, eye-popping musical finale. On a stage adorned in garish colors (orange, pink, and black mostly), a breathtakingly glamorous Monroe belts out the popular song: "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend". Her singing (partially dubbed) is not quite as credible as the performance of Carol Channing in the Broadway version. Still, the film's finale is a cinematic spectacle, a veritable feast for the eyes and ears. "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" is not a heavy weight "message" film. It is instead a pleasant and entertaining bit of fluff, where the emphasis is on fun, music, and glamour.


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