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How to Be Very, Very Popular (1955)

Approved | | Comedy | 6 January 1956 (Belgium)
2 girls on the lam hide out in a college fraternity.

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Cast

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Stormy Tornado
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Curly Flagg
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Fillmore 'Wedge' Wedgewood
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Dr. Tweed
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Eddie Jones
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Toby Marshall
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B.J. Marshall
Charlotte Austin ...
Midge
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Miss 'Syl' Sylvester
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Cedric Flagg
Andrew Tombes ...
Police Sgt. Moon
Noel Toy ...
Cherry Blossom Wang
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Chief of Police
Harry Carter ...
Bus Driver
Jesslyn Fax ...
Music Teacher
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Song-and-dance girls Curly and Stormy Tornado hide out with the guys at Bristol College when they know they can identify the killer of a fellow performer at their San Francisco cabaret. But they rather stand out in their stage costumes and soon all sorts of trouble is heading their way. The fact that Curly has been hypnotised doesn't help. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Como Usar as Curvas  »

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The part of Curly was adapted by Nunnally Johnson for Marilyn Monroe, who was placed on suspension by Twentieth Century-Fox for refusing the assignment. During the next year Monroe would live in Manhattan, studying with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio. When she and Fox came to terms, she returned to Hollywood to star as fame-obsessed Cherie in Bus Stop (1956). See more »

Quotes

Wedgewood: And, er, Mrs. Marshall, sir?
Dr. Tweed: I've been calling Mrs. Marshall for three days, and for three days she's been in the shower... either a very dirty woman or a very clean one.
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Referenced in Legacy of the Hollywood Blacklist (1987) See more »

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How to Be Very, Very Popular
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by off-screen vocalists during the opening credits
Played occasionally in the score
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better than many
10 January 2006 | by (Missouri Ozarks) – See all my reviews

Unlike the others who have commented on this film, I really enjoyed it. It is on my personal top-10 list of comedies. I like the fact that the two female stars (Grable and North) do not spend the whole movie prancing around in their skimpy dancing costumes--this is a comedy, not soft-core porn! I especially enjoyed the performance by Mr Coburn, who played the president of the college. His scenes, especially the one where he all-but-ignores the beautiful girl (North) on his lap while he fondly recalls an amorous episode from his own student days, make the movie for me. I did not know anything (before reading it here) about the Marilyn Monroe connection to this film, but I am glad she did not appear in it, as I have always thought her over-rated, both as a beauty queen and as an actress. Miss North was far better for the part. It has been at least 10 years since I last saw this, but I still remember much of it, and would gladly watch it again.


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