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How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 5 November 1953 (USA)
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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »



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


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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5 November 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cómo pescar a un millonario  »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


While Betty Grable receives top billing as the credits roll - a contractual promise made to her by 20th Century-Fox - Marilyn Monroe was promoted to first place in the trailer and poster art. See more »


It's raining in this scene where David Wayne is on the terrace spying on the women. When he slides open the glass paned wall to enter the apartment, you can see his hand seems to go through a pane, revealing there is actually no glass. See more »


Loco Dempsey: You got radio all the way up here?
Eben: Oh, sure. Radio, houses, everything.
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Referenced in Pee-wee's Big Holiday (2016) See more »


Lovely Lady
Music by Jimmy McHugh
[In the score during the fashion showing]
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baked Alaska
29 March 2001 | by (Belfast, N.I) – See all my reviews

An over excited critic once wrote that seeing Monroe in Cinemascope was like being smothered in baked Alaska, and seeing this movie, you know exactly what he (I assume he was a he) was on about. The movie opens on the extreme verticals of New York skyscrapers and narrow city streets, then cuts to a wonderfully elongated horizontal Monroe streeeeeeeetched across the scene in an increasingly empty apartment (the girls sell their furniture to be able to pay the rent). This movie is dated and fluffy, but has several interesting elements that make it worth a look for anyone interested in movie history, any of the leads, or in passing a wet Sunday afternoon in a pleasant way. This was Grable's last performance. She knew Monroe was about to usurp her, but the two women both dealt with an uncomfortable situation in a professional way. There is a great narrative twist in the film too - Monroe plays a short sighted girl who finally meets the man to marry her when he tells her he likes her in her glasses. Unlike the usual cliched plot line, it is when Monroe keeps her glasses on that she is revealed to be beautiful. Her acting is this film is among her best, especially her vulnerable scene in the gold aeroplane, and the moment in the powder room when she looks at herself in the mirrors and explodes into five, raspberry satin dress covered Marilyn's is a visual pleasure the film and the viewer revel in (Monroe can't, not wearing her glasses at that point). This film is creamy, smooth, warm - just liked baked Alaska!!

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