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How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

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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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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

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English | French | Latin | Arabic

Release Date:

20 November 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wie angelt man sich einen Millionär See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,870,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,000,000, 31 December 1953
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Company Credits

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

Aspect Ratio:

2.66 : 1
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Trivia

Signed to Twentieth Century-Fox since October 25, 1939, Betty Grable informed studio chief Darryl F. Zanuck during production that she would not commit to the remaining three years of her latest contract. On June 3, 1953, a studio press release announced the official split. Returning only once to Fox, Betty would star in How to Be Very, Very Popular (1955), a vehicle in which Marilyn Monroe refused to appear and was replaced by Sheree North. Two unfulfilled proposals to have Grable film again at Fox were the mother role (subsequently played by Ginger Rogers) in Teenage Rebel (1956) and then in 1964, another mom part in a project ultimately canceled called "High Heels." See more »

Goofs

One of the three motorcycles that stop Betty Grable and the tycoon on the bridge on their return from skiing change design between when they are seen starting up and when they pull over the car. See more »

Quotes

J.D. Hanley: [on why Schatze stopped their wedding] There was a last minute decision in your favor.
Tom Brookman: Did you tell her about me?
J.D. Hanley: No. So far as she knows you're still hustling a gas pump.
Tom Brookman: Are you kidding?
J.D. Hanley: Well let's go ask her.
Tom Brookman: Wait a minute JD! Do you think I ought to tell her?
J.D. Hanley: Are you nuts? She clearly prefers gas pump jockeys to millionaires. What do you want to do? Disillusion the poor girl?
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Connections

Referenced in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Got a Feelin' You're Foolin'
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Background music when Schatze, Pola and Loco are in the women's lounge
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Bacall steals the movie!
26 July 2002 | by bacall_fan14See all my reviews

Even though this film may be in the Marilyn Monroe collection I have to say her performance was not all that great. It was alright, but just decent. She is a stunning beauty with a nice figure, but is a rather bad actress.

Betty Grable I don't know very well. She did okay too, but seemed a little boring to me. I guess it was just her character Loco. She has beauty too and is an okay actress.

Lauren Bacall steals this show literally. She is the one who truly defines grace and glamour. Her character is witty and sly. Bacall's beauty is great too. I love her voice and how in the end she is the lucky girl!

The movie is about three roomates who go hunting for millionaire husbands. Will they suceed or not? If you are a fan of Lauren Bacall I suggest you see this one. She looks great in the fashion show!


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