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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

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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.

Director:

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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Taglines:

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


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

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

The vintage Citroën taxi cab in which Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell go on their shopping spree of Paris fashion houses is the same one Don Ameche drove while romancing Claudette Colbert in the 1939 comedy classic Midnight (1939), given a "facelift" by the 20th Century-Fox prop department. See more »

Goofs

Lorelei's hair before and just after she performs "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" is different to the style that she wears during her performance. See more »

Quotes

[Lorelei is stuck going through the porthole]
Henry Spofford III: All right. I'll help you. I'll help you for two reasons.
Lorelei Lee: Never mind the reasons. Just help me.
Henry Spofford III: The first reason is I'm too young to be sent to jail. The second reason is you got a lot of animal magnetism.
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Connections

Referenced in Be Cool (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
From "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played at the wedding
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Howard Hawks tackles a Broadway show and Marilyn Monroe.
16 July 2003 | by TheVidSee all my reviews

As a demonstration of Hawks' versatility, this picture stands out. It's anything but a faithful adaptation of the Anita Loos story, but in Hawks skilled hands, it's as delightful and silly as his best screwball comedies, and an evocative example of the sexpot exploitation prominent in it's day. Monroe and Russell complement each other nicely as glamour babes beyond belief. The flamboyant musical numbers are deliriously fetishistic and there are some particularly hilarious bits involving a hoarse-voiced little boy and a dirty old man. Sensationally staged and provocatively primitive.


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