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How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 20 November 1953 (USA)
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Three women set out to find eligible millionaires to marry, but find true love in the process.

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Jean Negulesco

Writers:

Nunnally Johnson (screen play), Zoe Akins (plays) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Betty Grable ... Loco Dempsey
Marilyn Monroe ... Pola Debevoise
Lauren Bacall ... Schatze Page
David Wayne ... Freddie Denmark
Rory Calhoun ... Eben Salem
Cameron Mitchell ... Tom Brookman
Alexander D'Arcy ... J. Stewart Merrill (as Alex D'Arcy)
Fred Clark ... Waldo Brewster
William Powell ... J.D. Hanley
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Storyline

Three New York models, Shatze, Pola and Loco set up in an exclusive apartment with a plan....tired of cheap men and a lack of money, they intend to use all their talents to trap and marry three millionaires. The trouble is that it's not so easy to tell the rich men from the hucksters - and even when they can, is the money really worth it? Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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The Most Glamorous Entertainment Of Your Lifetime in CinemaScope. You See It Without Glasses! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In a gracious display of camaraderie, Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable decided not to fight with Marilyn Monroe. "Grable and I decided we'd try to make it easier for her," said Bacall, "make her feel she could trust us. I think she finally did." See more »

Goofs

The fur wrap that Pola picks up from the bed at the wedding party and drops on the floor is back on to the bed while she and Schatzie are talking. See more »

Quotes

Loco Dempsey: [dreamily] All my life ever since I was a little girl I've always had the same dream. To marry a zillionaire.
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Connections

Referenced in Pee-wee's Big Holiday (2016) See more »

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Ach, du Lieber Augustine
(ca 1768) (uncredited)
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In the score during Loco's dream
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baked Alaska
29 March 2001 | by Fiona-39See all my reviews

An over excited critic once wrote that seeing Monroe in Cinemascope was like being smothered in baked Alaska, and seeing this movie, you know exactly what he (I assume he was a he) was on about. The movie opens on the extreme verticals of New York skyscrapers and narrow city streets, then cuts to a wonderfully elongated horizontal Monroe streeeeeeeetched across the scene in an increasingly empty apartment (the girls sell their furniture to be able to pay the rent). This movie is dated and fluffy, but has several interesting elements that make it worth a look for anyone interested in movie history, any of the leads, or in passing a wet Sunday afternoon in a pleasant way. This was Grable's last performance. She knew Monroe was about to usurp her, but the two women both dealt with an uncomfortable situation in a professional way. There is a great narrative twist in the film too - Monroe plays a short sighted girl who finally meets the man to marry her when he tells her he likes her in her glasses. Unlike the usual cliched plot line, it is when Monroe keeps her glasses on that she is revealed to be beautiful. Her acting is this film is among her best, especially her vulnerable scene in the gold aeroplane, and the moment in the powder room when she looks at herself in the mirrors and explodes into five, raspberry satin dress covered Marilyn's is a visual pleasure the film and the viewer revel in (Monroe can't, not wearing her glasses at that point). This film is creamy, smooth, warm - just liked baked Alaska!!


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USA

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Release Date:

20 November 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,870,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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4-Track Stereo (1959 Reissue) (Western Electric Recording) (Stereo)| Stereo (1959 Reissue) (Stereo)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.66 : 1
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