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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 »
User Reviews:
Talk to Me, Harry Winston, Tell Me All About It! See more (125 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)
Certification:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Originally bought by Fox as a vehicle for Betty Grable. After the success of Niagara (1953) (which featured Marilyn Monroe), however, the studio believed they had a more potent and far less expensive sex symbol than Grable (who was earning around $150,000 per picture vs. Monroe's $18,000).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:
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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Soundtrack:
When Love Goes WrongSee more »

FAQ

Is there a Cinemascope version of the 'Diamonds' Number?
Were Monroe and Russell bitter rivals?
Is the song 'Down Boy' a deleted number and where was it deleted from?
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20 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Talk to Me, Harry Winston, Tell Me All About It!, 4 May 2005
Author: gftbiloxi (gftbiloxi@yahoo.com) from Biloxi, Mississippi

While it will never compete with the likes of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, GIGI, or MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, this 1953 confection is nonetheless a real charmer. Based on a popular Broadway show which was itself based on the famous novel by Anita Loos, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES tells the story of two cabaret performers--blonde bombshell Loreli Lee, who is determined to marry for money, and brunette beauty Dorothy Shaw, who prefers to marry for love. When Loreli's engagement to a millionaire's son goes awry, the two set sail for Europe, and comic complications ensue. The story is traditional fluff, pure and simple, and there is nothing in the least innovative or unexpected about the film as a whole--but it is all extremely, extremely well done.

The score is bright, including such tunes as the famous "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend"--and all the musical numbers are cleverly staged and filmed. The overall look of the film is also eye popping: the ladies are dressed to perfection and the color cinematography is truly joyous. The script is full of comfortable wit, director Hawks keeps it moving at a nice clip, and the cast includes such enjoyable performers as Charles Coburn, Tommy Noonan, Norma Varden, and George Winslow. But what really makes the film memorable are Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell, who simply sparkle with star quality and play their with roles in a twinkle-in-the-eye style.

Monroe and Russell have remarkable chemistry on screen, and although neither were really singers they each had enjoyable and very distinctive singing voices; their performances are so pleasantly amusing that you can't help but smile. Both also had a way with comedy, with Monroe offering her quintessential 'not so dumb blonde' and Russell matching her all the way as the wise-to-you brunette determined to keep Monroe out of trouble. And so well do they work together it is hard to pick a favorite between the two. Call it fluff, froth, foolish--but even jeweler Harry Winston couldn't refuse this good time, even at the risk of a diamond or two. Thoroughly enjoyable for any one still capable of a smile.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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