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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | August 1953 (USA)
Showgirls Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the suspicious father of Lorelei's fiancé, 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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In preparation for her role as Lorelei, Marilyn Monroe attended the Broadway production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes starring Carol Channing every night for over a month. See more »

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When Lorelei is seeing Mr. Esmond off at the ship, she says "Bye, lover!" but her lips do not move. See more »

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Henry Spofford III: Hello.
Lorelei Lee: Oh, Mr Spoffard. Would you please give me a hand? I'm sort of stuck!
Henry Spofford III: Are you a burglar?
Lorelei Lee: Heaven's no! The steward locked me in. I was waiting for a friend.
Henry Spofford III: Why didn't you ring for him?
Lorelei Lee: I didn't think of it. Isn't that silly?
Henry Spofford III: If you were a burglar, and I helped you escape...
Lorelei Lee: Please help me before somebody comes along.
Henry Spofford III: I'm thinking.
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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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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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