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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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Also Known As:

Howard Hawks' Gentlemen Prefer Blondes  »

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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

In the "Ain't There Anyone Here for Love?" sequence, Jane Russell's fall into the pool was an accident. When Howard Hawks saw the dailies, he kept it in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Lorelei and Dorothy are in New York, it is announced that the ship is bound for Cherbourg. Yet, when they dock, they are in Paris which can't accommodate large ocean liners. See more »

Quotes

Ernie Malone: I'm not that bad all the time. Sometimes I'm very nice. Sometimes I just speak without thinking.
Dorothy Shaw: I get the picture. You're half sweet and half acid.
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Connections

Spoofed in Blondes Prefer Gentlemen (1968) See more »

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Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend
(1949) (uncredited)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
Performed by Marilyn Monroe with Chorus
Also performed by Jane Russell
Also sung at the wedding
Sung by a chorus at the end
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Light, lively and entertaining
19 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

Lorelei and Dorothy may well claim to just be two little girls from Little Rock, but if that's the case then they certainly have no intention to remain that way. Lorelei wants a rich man regardless of looks or age while Dorothy wants good looks and a body to match. On board a transatlantic cruise on their way to Paris, the pair find plenty of both types of men but, despite temptation Lorelei genuinely intends to remain faithful to the millionaire she has already hooked – Gus Esmond. Meanwhile Dorothy gets the attention of quite a nice gentleman who seems like he really likes her.

Opening with a great bit of a sassy musical number this film goes into the credits with an atmosphere and approach that it pretty much keeps consistent throughout the whole film. The story is very much driven by the gold-digging female stereotypes of Lorelei and Dorothy and, although quite light, it does enough to keep things moving and interesting. It is greatly helped by the delivery, which is superficial, sparky and fun. The musical numbers (and indeed the whole film) are colourful and engaging thanks to the good direction from Hawks. The script provides plenty of amusing material and although it does lack depth and massive laughs, it is generally very entertaining.

The cast are a big part in it and I was surprised by how good the lead pair were. I've never really rated Russell or Monroe in terms of being good actresses but here they suit their character and work off one another well. Their characters are not anything other than exaggerated cliché but they are fun none the less; they have slightly different characters but each seems to be to their strengths and they deliver the script well. The male characters are very much a side issue but generally they are well played by Reid, Coburn, Noonan and a couple of others.

Generally then this is not the film to come to if you are looking for real substance and depth but it delivers the goods in regards fizz and fun. The musical numbers are colourful and entertaining, while the script is lively and benefits from good delivery from a well cast Monroe and Russell. A "classic" film that is fun over 50 years later and accordingly is well worth seeing.


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