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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Not Rated | | 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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Cast

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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Storyline

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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The Two M-M-Marvels Of Our Age In The Wonder Musical Of The World! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

August 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Howard Hawks' Gentlemen Prefer Blondes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,260,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Another uncredited "Chorus Boy" in the 'Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend' number is Robert Fuller. 6 years later, he became one of the stars of the western TV series, Laramie (1959) as the former gunslinger, Jess Harper. See more »

Goofs

As Dorothy and Lorelei walk to their dressing room after the "Two Little Girls From Little Rock" number, Lorelei removes her hat with her right hand. When they enter the dressing room, Lorelei's hat is in her left hand. See more »

Quotes

Lorelei Lee: Excuse me, but what is the way to Europe, France?
Dorothy Shaw: Honey, France is IN Europe.
Lorelei Lee: Well, who said it wasn't?
Dorothy Shaw: Well... you wouldn't say you wanted to go to North America, Mexico.
Lorelei Lee: If that's where I wanted to go, I would.
Dorothy Shaw: [to the Ticket Checker in exasperation] The dealer passes.
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Soundtracks

Bye Bye Baby
(1949) (uncredited)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Performed by Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe with Passengers
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Talk to Me, Harry Winston, Tell Me All About It!
4 May 2005 | by gftbiloxiSee all my reviews

While it will never compete with the likes of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, GIGI, or MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, this 1953 confection is nonetheless a real charmer. Based on a popular Broadway show which was itself based on the famous novel by Anita Loos, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES tells the story of two cabaret performers--blonde bombshell Loreli Lee, who is determined to marry for money, and brunette beauty Dorothy Shaw, who prefers to marry for love. When Loreli's engagement to a millionaire's son goes awry, the two set sail for Europe, and comic complications ensue. The story is traditional fluff, pure and simple, and there is nothing in the least innovative or unexpected about the film as a whole--but it is all extremely, extremely well done.

The score is bright, including such tunes as the famous "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend"--and all the musical numbers are cleverly staged and filmed. The overall look of the film is also eye popping: the ladies are dressed to perfection and the color cinematography is truly joyous. The script is full of comfortable wit, director Hawks keeps it moving at a nice clip, and the cast includes such enjoyable performers as Charles Coburn, Tommy Noonan, Norma Varden, and George Winslow. But what really makes the film memorable are Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell, who simply sparkle with star quality and play their with roles in a twinkle-in-the-eye style.

Monroe and Russell have remarkable chemistry on screen, and although neither were really singers they each had enjoyable and very distinctive singing voices; their performances are so pleasantly amusing that you can't help but smile. Both also had a way with comedy, with Monroe offering her quintessential 'not so dumb blonde' and Russell matching her all the way as the wise-to-you brunette determined to keep Monroe out of trouble. And so well do they work together it is hard to pick a favorite between the two. Call it fluff, froth, foolish--but even jeweler Harry Winston couldn't refuse this good time, even at the risk of a diamond or two. Thoroughly enjoyable for any one still capable of a smile.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer


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