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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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Complete credited cast:
... Dorothy Shaw
... Lorelei Lee
... Sir Francis 'Piggy' Beekman
... Ernie Malone
... Gus Esmond Jr.
... Henry Spofford III
... Magistrate
... Mr. Esmond Sr.
... Lady Beekman
Howard Wendell ... Watson
... 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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The Two M-M-Marvels Of Our Age In The Wonder Musical Of The World! See more »


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$2,260,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,000,000
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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Marilyn Monroe reportedly suggested the line "I can be smart when it's important, but most men don't like it." See more »

Goofs

During the "Ain't There Anyone Here for Love?" number, when Dorothy is walking between the two lines of athletes doing knee-bends, one of the men on the left towards the back gets up too late and fails to do his bend in time with the others. See more »

Quotes

Dorothy Shaw: [singing] When love goes wrong, nothing goes right. This one thing, I know.
Lorelei Lee: [singing] When love goes wrong, a man take flight.
Dorothy Shaw: [singing] And women get uppity-oh.
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A Little Girl from Little Rock
(1949) (uncredited)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Special Lyrics by Ken Darby and Eliot Daniel
Sung in a pre-title sequence as "Two Little Girls from Little Rock" by Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell (dubbed by Eileen Wilson (uncredited)) with Chorus
Also played in the score and sung at the wedding
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Cute 1950's Fluff
1 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

A gold-digging, or rather diamond-digging, "dumb" blonde, played by Marilyn Monroe, and her singing gal pal, played by the vivacious Jane Russell, provide mutual support on a love boat cruise, where they flirt with, and woo, eligible and preferably rich, men, in this musical comedy from the early 50's. The story is thin and nonsensical. But that's OK, because the film's strengths lie in its comedic script, its dazzling musical numbers, and the inclusion of the visually stunning M. Monroe, as Lorelei Lee.

Superficially, Lorelei "seems" like a not very bright "babe", especially in some of her comments. For example, she counsels Russell's character by saying: "I want you to find happiness --- and stop having fun". But there is a subtle quality about Lorelei that suggests that she may be smarter than she lets on. One wonders if Monroe, who was quite intelligent and bookish in real life, was really acting in this film, or just being herself.

While there are several lively, and memorable, musical numbers, they are all lead-ins to the lavish, eye-popping musical finale. On a stage adorned in garish colors (orange, pink, and black mostly), a breathtakingly glamorous Monroe belts out the popular song: "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend". Her singing (partially dubbed) is not quite as credible as the performance of Carol Channing in the Broadway version. Still, the film's finale is a cinematic spectacle, a veritable feast for the eyes and ears. "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" is not a heavy weight "message" film. It is instead a pleasant and entertaining bit of fluff, where the emphasis is on fun, music, and glamour.


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