7.0/10
16,009
86 user 37 critic

How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 5 November 1953 (USA)
Three women set out to find eligible millionaires to marry, but find true love in the process.

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (plays) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
Popularity
1,291 ( 6,197)

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Crime | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Showgirls Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the suspicious father of Lorelei's fiancé, as well as a rich, enamored old man and many other doting admirers.

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When his family goes away for the summer, a so far faithful husband is tempted by a beautiful neighbor.

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell, Evelyn Keyes
Niagara (1953)
Crime | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

As two couples are visiting Niagara Falls, tensions between one wife and her husband reach the level of murder.

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters
Bus Stop (1956)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A naive but stubborn cowboy falls in love with a saloon singer and tries to take her away against her will to get married and live on his ranch in Montana.

Director: Joshua Logan
Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray, Arthur O'Connell
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Molly and Terry Donahue, plus their three children, are The Five Donahues. Son Tim meets hat-check girl Vicky and the family act begins to fall apart.

Director: Walter Lang
Stars: Ethel Merman, Marilyn Monroe, Donald O'Connor
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When billionaire Jean-Marc Clement learns that he is to be satirized in an off-Broadway revue, he passes himself off as an actor playing him in order to get closer to the beautiful star of the show, Amanda Dell.

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Yves Montand, Tony Randall
Adventure | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The titular river unites a farmer recently released from prison, his young son, and an ambitious saloon singer. In order to survive, each must be purged of anger, and each must learn to understand and care for the others.

Directors: Otto Preminger, Jean Negulesco
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Marilyn Monroe, Rory Calhoun
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An American showgirl becomes entangled in political intrigue when the prince regent of a foreign country attempts to seduce her.

Director: Laurence Olivier
Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier, Richard Wattis
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A chemist finds his personal and professional life turned upside down when one of his chimpanzees finds the fountain of youth.

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Marilyn Monroe
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon
The Misfits (1961)
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A divorcee falls for an over-the-hill cowboy who is struggling to maintain his romantically independent lifestyle.

Director: John Huston
Stars: Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After being dumped by his girlfriend, an airline pilot pursues a babysitter in his hotel and gradually realizes she's dangerous.

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Richard Widmark, Marilyn Monroe, Anne Bancroft
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
J. Stewart Merrill (as Alex D'Arcy)
...
Waldo Brewster
...
J.D. Hanley
Edit

Storyline

Three New York models, Shatze, Pola and Loco set up in an exclusive apartment 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 it's not so easy to tell the rich men from the hucksters - and even when they can, is the money really worth it? Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

5 November 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cómo pescar a un millonario  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

As the film was close to wrapping up production, everyone was confident that the filming had gone well and that they had made a delightful film. "We'll be through with the picture early next week and what I've seen of it looks pretty good in this new CinemaScope, wrote Nunnally Johnson in a letter to a friend. "It's a larkish story, the girls look very beautiful, and its purpose is to see if something indoors and with just two or three people can look good on the new wide screen." See more »

Goofs

The fur wrap that Pola picks up from the bed at the wedding party and drops on the floor is back on to the bed while she and Schatzie are talking. See more »

Quotes

Schatze Page: You wanna catch a mouse, you set a mouse trap. All right so we set a bear trap. Now all we gotta do, is one of us has got to catch a bear.
Loco Dempsey: You mean marry him?
Schatze Page: If you don't marry him, you haven't caught him, he's caught you.
See more »

Connections

Featured in The Sopranos: Eloise (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

The Twentieth Century-Fox Symphony Orchestra's 'Street Scene'
Composed and Conducted by Alfred Newman
Performed by The Twentieth Century-Fox Symphony Orchestra in the prologue
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Brainless
15 July 2013 | by (Peru) – See all my reviews

This movie starts off with an orchestra playing on and on and on so long at least 10 minutes that I thought something was wrong and I started to fast forward the thing....then when the credits finally rolled I thought I had missed a key part of the beginning plot..I wondered how Bacall came to rent an expensively furnished penthouse apartment? as a sublet?? Turns out there is no detailed explanation. She rents an apartment calls Monroe who has another friend and the 3 get on with their business of finding millionaire husbands. There is no background to their friendship etc... it just happens.

In 1953 when this film was made, Monroe is 26 Bacall is 29 and Grable 39. (Assuming you believe the Hollywood statistics.) Like another reviewer stated Bacall has this curiously old persona (he used the word "ageless"...one could have believed her older than Grable in fact I found myself studying her face finding it hard to believe she was under 30. She also monopolizes every scene in a bitchy way that no one could possibly find sympathetic or appealing. I guess this was to show she was the brains of the operation. One thing I noted Bacall didn't need to insure her rather hefty legs for 1 million (like Grable supposedly did.)

Monroe has some innocent charm and Grable is sort of the Betty White from Golden Girls...with Bacall being the Maude.

I may have smiled at a couple of Bacall's cynical lines but she is too harsh in the movie. Monroe was sort of funny in the Magoo role but most of this movie is not funny at all and you begin to tire of it towards the end wondering how long you are going to have to endure it.

It also seems chopped up, the male characters become mixed up....what was the fashion show all about? If you are in to period female costume extravagance this movie will work for you. Maybe it had to do with the new color cinema-scope they were using....thinking clothing in all its colors was a great way to show off its features??? Here is an oddity that truly had to be for the wide cinemascope features...all the doors in the apartment are double wide and opened from a nob in the middle (trivia).

Don't really recommend it. The characters are not likable at all. The plot is idiotic and full of holes. Humor mostly missing.

Forget all romance and character development which this thing pretends to have.

Brainless... The sets are almost entirely glossy set ups that prefer to look artistic rather than real.

AVOID


6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?