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Director:
Writers:
Charles Lederer (screen play)
Joseph Fields (based on the musical comedy by) ...
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Release Date:
August 1953 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Two M-M-Marvels Of Our Age In The Wonder Musical Of The World!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
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(230 articles)
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Marry For Love, But Get Those Diamonds See more (126 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jane Russell ... Dorothy Shaw

Marilyn Monroe ... Lorelei Lee

Charles Coburn ... Sir Francis 'Piggy' Beekman

Elliott Reid ... Ernie Malone

Tommy Noonan ... Gus Esmond Jr.
George Winslow ... Henry Spofford III

Marcel Dalio ... Magistrate
Taylor Holmes ... Mr. Esmond Sr.

Norma Varden ... Lady Beekman
Howard Wendell ... Watson
Steven Geray ... Hotel Manager
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alex Akimoff ... Captain of Waiters (uncredited)
Aladdin ... Musician (uncredited)
Patricia Barker ... Small Role (uncredited)
Virginia Bates ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Wallace Bickmore ... Small Role (uncredited)
Herman Boden ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Julio Bonini ... Small Role (uncredited)
Jack Boyle ... Passenger (uncredited)
Harris Brown ... Small Role (uncredited)
Edward C. Browne ... Small Role (uncredited)
William Cabanne ... Sims (uncredited)
Peter Camlin ... Gendarme (uncredited)

Harry Carey Jr. ... Winslow - Olympic Team (uncredited)

George Chakiris ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Proprietor (uncredited)
John Close ... Coach (uncredited)
Harold E. Coates ... Small Role (uncredited)
Robert Cole ... Small Role (uncredited)
Joan Collenette ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Gene Dailey ... Small Role (uncredited)
Becky Davis ... Small Role (uncredited)
Drusilla Davis ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
George Davis ... Pierre - Cab Driver (uncredited)
Jean De Briac ... Gendarme (uncredited)
Charles De Ravenne ... Purser (uncredited)
George Dee ... Gendarme (uncredited)
Josette Deegan ... French Stewardess (uncredited)
Jean Del Val ... Ship's Captain (uncredited)
Frank Dernhammer ... Small Role (uncredited)
Bobby Diamond ... Small Role (uncredited)
Deena Dikkers ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Jack Dodds ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Arthur Dulac ... Small Role (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Chez Louis Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
George Ford ... Small Role (uncredited)
Robert Foulk ... Passport Official (uncredited)
Alex Frazer ... Pritchard (uncredited)
Raoul Freeman ... Hotel Doorman (uncredited)
Joel Friend ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)

Robert Fuller ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Ed Fury ... Olympic Team Member (uncredited)
Kay Garrett ... Passenger (uncredited)
A. Cameron Grant ... Small Role (uncredited)
Bennett Green ... Waiter (uncredited)
Stanley Hall ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
John Hedloe ... Olympic Team Member (uncredited)

Chuck Hicks ... Olympic Team Member (uncredited)
Casse Jaeger ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Richard Kean ... Small Role (uncredited)
Dorothy Kellogg ... Passenger (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Larry Kert ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Tommy Ladd ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr ... Small Role (uncredited)
Judy Landon ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Lisa Lang ... Small Role (uncredited)
Joan Larkin ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Henri Letondal ... Grotier (uncredited)
Ray Long ... Small Role (uncredited)
Shirley Lopez ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Herb Lurie ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Warren Mace ... Passenger (uncredited)
Johnny Marlin ... Small Role (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Erin Martin ... Small Role (uncredited)
Matt Mattox ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Reed Maxcy ... Small Role (uncredited)
Ray Montgomery ... Peters - Olympic Team (uncredited)
Alvy Moore ... Winston - Olympic Team (uncredited)
Roger Moore ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Donald Moray ... Airport Porter (uncredited)
Leo Mostovoy ... Phillipe (uncredited)
Fred Moultrie ... Boy Dancer (uncredited)
James Moultrie ... Boy Dancer (uncredited)

Noel Neill ... Passenger (uncredited)
Robert Nichols ... Evans (uncredited)

Ron Nyman ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Gayle Pace ... Olympic Team Member (uncredited)
Alfred Paix ... Pierre (uncredited)
Stephen Papich ... French Waiter (uncredited)
Ralph Peters ... Passport Official (uncredited)
Manuel Petroff ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Frank Radcliffe ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Ellen Ray ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)

Steve Reeves ... Olympic Team Member (uncredited)
Barry Regan ... Passenger (uncredited)
Jack Regas ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Mel Robin ... Small Role (uncredited)
John Robinson ... Small Role (uncredited)
Don M. Rosenstock ... Small Role (uncredited)
James H. Russell ... Olympic Team Member (uncredited)
Loulette Sablon ... Small Role (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ... Waiter (uncredited)
Harry Seymour ... Louie - Captain of Waiters (uncredited)
Peggy Smith ... Passenger (uncredited)
Roberta Stevenson ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Robert Street ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
F. Philip Sylvestre ... Steward (uncredited)
Charles Tannen ... Ed - Malone's Contact (uncredited)
Marlina Tepel ... Small Role (uncredited)
Lee Theodore ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Ray Weaver ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Dick Wessel ... Chez Louis Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Leo Wheeler ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Marc Wilder ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Max Willenz ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Don Wilson ... Trailer Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
James Young ... Stevens - Olympic Team (uncredited)

Directed by
Howard Hawks 
 
Writing credits
Charles Lederer (screen play)

Joseph Fields (based on the musical comedy by) and
Anita Loos (based on the musical comedy by)

Produced by
Sol C. Siegel .... producer
 
Original Music by
Leigh Harline (uncredited)
Lionel Newman (uncredited)
Hal Schaefer (uncredited)
Herbert W. Spencer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Harry J. Wild (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Hugh S. Fowler (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
Joseph C. Wright 
 
Set Decoration by
Claude E. Carpenter (set decorations) (as Claude Carpenter)
 
Costume Design by
Travilla (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Allan Snyder .... makeup artist: Miss Monroe (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Helmick .... assistant director
Don Torpin .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
E. Clayton Ward .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Clyde Taylor .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director (as Charles Le Maïre)
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jewelry (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
James Blakeley .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Lyman Hallowell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Eliot Daniel .... vocal director
Earle Hagen .... orchestrator
Bernard Mayers .... orchestrator
Lionel Newman .... musical director
Leo Robin .... music and lyrics by
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (as Herbert Spencer)
Jule Styne .... music and lyrics by
Jack Dumont .... musician (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jack Cole .... choreographer
Leonard Doss .... technicolor color consultant
Herman Levin .... presented on the stage by
Oliver Smith .... presented on the stage by
Doris Drought .... script clerk (uncredited)
Marni Nixon .... voice double: high notes for Marilyn Monroe (uncredited)
Lorraine Sherwood .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Richard A. Smith .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Howard Hawks' Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
91 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Marilyn Monroe reportedly suggested the line "I can be smart when it's important, but most men don't like it."See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Lorelei is seeing Mr. Esmond off at the ship, she says "Bye, lover!" but her lips do not move.See more »
Quotes:
Olympic athlete:Hi. Remember me?
Lorelei Lee:Yes. You're one of the Olympic athletes.
Olympic athlete:I'm the only 4-letter man on the team.
Lorelei Lee:You should be ashamed to admit it. No, don't say another word. No, don't say another word.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Celluloid Closet (1995)See more »
Soundtrack:
Diamonds Are a Girl's Best FriendSee more »

FAQ

Is there a Cinemascope version of the 'Diamonds' Number?
Is the song 'Down Boy' a deleted number and where was it deleted from?
Was Marilyn Monroe a natural blonde?
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Marry For Love, But Get Those Diamonds, 1 March 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Anita Loos's famous novel and play Gentlemen Prefer Blondes was done as a musical and ran for 740 performances during the 1949-1951 season. It was the breakout role in the career on Broadway for Carol Channing. But for the screen version a pair of pulchritudinous sex symbols were cast as the showgirls looking for husbands, Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe.

Two things were done for the film, most of the Jule Styne-Leo Robin score was scrapped and two numbers written by Hoagy Carmichael and Harold Adamson were added. Retained from the original score was Bye Bye Baby, Two Little Girls from Little Rock and the famous theme of goldiggers everywhere, Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend.

The second thing was to update the story from when it was originally written during the Roaring Twenties to the current Fifties. Still the two basic characters of Russell and Monroe remained the same. Both would like husbands, but Russell wants to marry for love, money would be nice though, but Monroe it's strictly mercenary.

The two men they have an eye on are millionaire son Tommy Noonan for Monroe and Russell has her eye on Elliott Reid. Monroe's mercenary ways nearly sink the two of them, but it all kind of works out in the end.

Lorelei Lee was Marilyn's breakout role as well. No big male star names are opposite here, she's only in a friendly competition with fellow sex symbol Jane Russell. Russell's contribution to the film is too often overlooked with Marilyn's legend looming over all. She more than holds her own against Marilyn and in fact unlike in some of her films, there was no friction at all with the two women.

I can see why Howard Hawks was attracted to this film. The women he has in his films are tough minded and more than capable of dealing in a man's world. That Jane and Marilyn are in abundance and boy do those women have a lot of abundance.

And in all the right places too.

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