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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

 -  Comedy | Musical | Romance  -  August 1953 (USA)
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Two singers, best friends Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris pursued by a private detective hired by Lorelei's fiancé's disapproving father to keep an eye on her, a rich, enamoured 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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Howard Hawks' Gentlemen Prefer Blondes  »

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Trivia

Judy Holliday turned down the role of Lorelei Lee because she felt no actress other than Carol Channing (who played the part on Broadway) should be cast. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Lorelei is seeing Mr Esmond off at the ship, the words "Bye, lover!" are heard but Lorelei's lips do not move. See more »

Quotes

Gus Esmond: [as she tries on the diamond ring he's just given her] Is it the right size?
Lorelei Lee: Well, it can never be too big. Do you think that's too small, Dorothy?
Dorothy Shaw: [whistles] Looks like it oughta have a highball around it.
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Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
From "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played at the wedding
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Enjoyable no-brainer of a musical with Monroe and Russell at their peak...
23 May 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell are so terrific in their musical comedy roles that they make the men (Elliot Reid and Tommy Noonan) look even more pallid than they are. But let's fact it. Nobody's watching them anyway when the spotlight is on Monroe and Russell as just "two little girls from Little Rock".

Fox knew what to do with the two lovelies when they cast them as the gold diggers aboard a ship bound for France with nothing on their minds but the pursuit of men with money. Jane has a wonderful song-and-dance routine with Olympic hopefuls in "Ain't There Anyone Here For Love?" and Marilyn gets to do a now-classic routine with "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend". Charles Coburn has some amusing moments as an old-timer with a yen for Marilyn who has a yen for his wife's tiara. "I just love finding new places to wear diamonds", she says in that sweetly innocent Monroe voice. And Russell tops everything off with an imitation of Monroe in a courtroom that's guaranteed to draw chuckles.

It's all done up in vivid technicolor. The girls wear eye-popping costumes and look ultra glamorous together (exact opposites), and the songs aren't bad either. Pure escapist entertainment of the '50s kind with enough humorous moments to keep you entertained by the silly shenanigans. Fans of Monroe and Russell will love this one.

One of the funniest moments: Monroe stuck in a ship's porthole while a little boy holds a blanket around her as she makes small talk with Charles Coburn.


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