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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:
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(230 articles)
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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)
 
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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 wears a gold lame evening dress previously worn by Ginger Rogers in Dreamboat (1952).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Lorelei's hair before and just after she performs "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" is different to the style that she wears during her performance.See more »
Quotes:
Lorelei Lee:Excuse me, but what is the way to Europe, France?
Dorothy Shaw:Honey, France is IN Europe.
Lorelei Lee:Well, who said it wasn't?
Dorothy Shaw:Well... you wouldn't say you wanted to go to North America, Mexico.
Lorelei Lee:If that's where I wanted to go, I would.
Dorothy Shaw:[to the Ticket Checker in exasperation] The dealer passes.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)See more »

FAQ

Is there a Cinemascope version of the 'Diamonds' Number?
Were Monroe and Russell bitter rivals?
Was Marilyn Monroe a natural blonde?
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29 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Cute 1950's Fluff, 1 January 2005
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

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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