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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

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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 <>

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


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August 1953 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Marilyn Monroe kept insisting on retakes despite approval of takes by director Howard Hawks. When Fox asked Hawks how production could be sped up he retorted: "three wonderful ideas: Replace Marilyn, rewrite the script and make it shorter, and get a new director." See more »


During her confrontation with Lady Beekman, Lorelei calls Piggy "Lord Beekman". Later in the courtroom, Pritchard addresses Piggy as "Your Lordship". Piggy holds a knighthood, not a peerage, and would never be addressed in person as anything but "Sir Francis". See more »


Dorothy Shaw: Listen, either you hock some of that stuff or get the price of a diamond tiara out of him.
Lorelei Lee: How much do you think a diamond tiara will cost?
Dorothy Shaw: Fifteen thousand at least.
Lorelei Lee: [Concentrates] Let's see, that'll take an hour and 45 minutes.
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Spoofed in Gentlemen Prefer Ginger (1986) See more »


A Little Girl from Little Rock
(1949) (uncredited)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Special Lyrics by Ken Darby and Eliot Daniel
Sung in a pre-title sequence as "Two Little Girls from Little Rock" by Marilyn Monroe and Eileen Wilson with Chorus
Also played in the score and sung at the wedding
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Howard Hawks tackles a Broadway show and Marilyn Monroe.
16 July 2003 | by (Colorado Springs) – See all my reviews

As a demonstration of Hawks' versatility, this picture stands out. It's anything but a faithful adaptation of the Anita Loos story, but in Hawks skilled hands, it's as delightful and silly as his best screwball comedies, and an evocative example of the sexpot exploitation prominent in it's day. Monroe and Russell complement each other nicely as glamour babes beyond belief. The flamboyant musical numbers are deliriously fetishistic and there are some particularly hilarious bits involving a hoarse-voiced little boy and a dirty old man. Sensationally staged and provocatively primitive.

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