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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.

Director:

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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Cast

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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Modern Sophisticated Comedy With All the Magic Scope of CinemaScope See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Although Waldo Brewster, played by Fred Clark, is supposed to be much older than Loco Dempsey (Betty Grable), Clark was, in reality, only two years older than Grable. See more »

Goofs

There is a scene that takes place in the apartment's kitchen. The fridge door opens and the light inside is very bright. The door is opened again moments later and the light has dimmed considerably. See more »

Quotes

Schatze Page: Well, you've got a crust!
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Connections

Referenced in Killer's Kiss (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Home on the Range
(1904) (uncredited)
Music by Daniel E. Kelley
In the score during Schatze's dream
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What a wonderfully, delightful movie!
27 April 2005 | by praxagoraSee all my reviews

I just had a wonderful opportunity to catch a screening of this film on a wide screen. What a treat!

Unfortunately, it wasn't the best print; lots of dust and scratches on reel changes, and the colors were quite faded, but these films simply must be seen on a wide screen with an audience to be truly appreciated. Of course, almost any movie is improved by seeing it at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, and I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity.

Lauren Bacall has always been one of my favorite actors, and she and Powell do work wonderfully together. Monroe is also, always a delight - I think that she was a much better actress than she is generally given credit for. However, though I've seen this movie close to a dozen times before, I was really struck at the wonderful performance that Grable turned in. She was perfect! I haven't seen much of her other work, but in HTMAM, she shows herself to be a wonderful comedic actress, playing a "dim blonde" who really isn't that dim. What a revelation and what a delight.

I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone who likes old movies, but if you have a chance to catch it on a real movie screen - DO SO! You won't be disappointed.


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USA

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Release Date:

20 November 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

How to Marry a Millionaire See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,870,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

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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