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How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

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Three women set out to find eligible millionaires to marry, but find true love in the process.



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Three New York models, Shatze, Pola and Loco set-up in an exclusive appartment with a plan: tired of cheap men and a lack of money they intend to use all their talents to trap and marry three millionaires. The trouble is that's it's not so easy to tell the rich men from the huxters and even when they can, is the money really worth it? Written by Col Needham <>

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The Most Glamorous Entertainment Of Your Lifetime in CinemaScope. You See It Without Glasses!


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5 November 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cómo pescar a un millonario  »

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There is a scene that takes place in the apartment's kitchen. The fridge door opens and the light inside is very bright. The door is opened again moments later and the light has dimmed considerably. See more »


Loco Dempsey: I'll say this for him: we haven't ordered anything yet under five dollars a portion!
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All three stars are showcased in this CinemaScope extravaganza...
23 January 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Fox released this one right after THE ROBE did smash box-office when it opened at New York's Roxy theater. Likewise, HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE featured an opening orchestral number under Alfred Newman's baton before the credits began--and then the wide screen became the source for watching BETTY GRABLE, LAUREN BACALL and MARILYN MONROE put their own personal stamp of sex appeal on the CinemaScope screen.

This one is probably best enjoyed in the widescreen version rather than the pan and scan shown on some TV stations. It's a witty delight from start to finish, with Monroe doing a delightful impersonation of a near-sighted blonde ashamed to wear glasses and always walking into walls; Grable as a snappy charmer who gets hooked into a trip to Maine thinking she's going to a convention; and Bacall as the know-it-all sophisticate with the sharp tongue who's good at bossing others around.

While Bacall is great in the role, it's really an alienating part and she can't always disguise the fact that her character--in real life--would be considered an annoying bitch. True, she has some of the best lines, but the sarcasm stings a little too much at times and her treatment of doormen and furniture movers is very condescending.

So, it's up to Grable and Monroe to keep things light and breezy, and that they do. Also on hand for some sophisticated charm is WILLIAM POWELL in one of his last screen roles, RORY CALHOUN as a forest ranger who attracts Betty's eye, and CAMERON MITCHELL as a man who turns out to be someone Bacall should have treated with more respect.

It's fun all the way, easy to take and easy on the eyes whenever the three stars cavort around the screen in assorted fashion ensembles.

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