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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | August 1953 (USA)
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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.

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Howard Hawks

Writers:

Charles Lederer (screen play), Joseph Fields (based on the musical comedy by) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
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 Howard Wendell ... Watson
Steven Geray ... Hotel Manager
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Lorelei and Dorothy are just "Two Little Girls from Little Rock", lounge singers on a transatlantic cruise, working their way to Paris, and enjoying the company of any eligible men they might meet along the way, even though "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend." Based on the Broadway musical based on the novel. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

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In her very last interview (10 years after making "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes") Marilyn Monroe recalls the lack of respect studio execs had for her, but makes a point of mentioning co-star, Jane Russell: "I remember when I got the part in 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.' Jane Russell, she was the brunette in it and I was the blonde. She got $200,000 for it, and I got my $500 a week, but that to me was, you know, considerable. She, by the way, was quite wonderful to me." See more »

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Lorelei has slender hands with long fingers and her nails are manicured. But when she pulls the roll of film out of Ernie's pants with her right hand, the hand is short with thick fingers and her nails are cut and unpolished. See more »

Quotes

Lorelei Lee: Dorothy, did you ever hear of a rich pole-vaulter?
Dorothy Shaw: Maybe not; but, who cares? I like a man who can run faster than I can.
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Liebestraum nach dem Balle, Intermezzo Op.356
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Written by Alphons Czibulka
It is heard in the dining room scene when Dorothy and Lorelei come in to dinner. The band actually messes-up the song because they are too busy looking at the girls.
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Under Howard Hawks' direction Marilyn was a sexual delight striking, in one of her numbers, a 'Gilda' pose
21 March 2005 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

Marilyn's "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" was one of the classic musicals of the 1950's... She comes into it looking like a winner, and leaves as one… The picture has been set fully by the tone of her personality… Her personality infuses every corner of the film as if she has even picked the scenery to work for her…

The movie rises above its pretext, its story, its existence as a musical, even its music, and becomes at its best a magic work, yet it is a light-hearted satire of the old adage that when a woman goes bad, men go right after her…

The film crowned Monroe in her position as the nation's new 'Love Goddess' with the promise of many sparkling hits to come, and Jane Russell's career continued, with less fanfare, but very successfully for several more years…

The story was simple: Dorothy (Jane Russell) and Lorelei (Marilyn Monroe) work together as entertainers and are also good friends… Lorelei's millionaire fiancé Gus Esmond (Tommy Noonan) sends the girls to France, but his father (Taylor Holmes) hires a private detective, Malone (Elliott Reid) on the same boat to spy on her during the trip… When the three meet, Dorothy falls for Malone, much to the chagrin of Lorelei, who cannot understand Dorothy's indifference to men with money…

On board, the girls get into trouble when they meet an old playboy Francis Beckman (Charles Coburn), a diamond merchant


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Release Date:

August 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$2,260,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$648
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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