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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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All This and CinemaScope Too! The modern miracle with STEREOPHONIC SOUND See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

This was the first film telecast on "NBC Saturday Night at the Movies", 23 September 1961, the first television program to exclusively broadcast post-1948 theatrical films on US network television. Several of them, like this one, had been filmed in CinemaScope, at its original 2.55:1 ratio, and so had to be "formatted to fit your screen"--i.e., shown pan/scan in the conventional 4:3 TV ratio, losing nearly half of the image in the process, and literally destroying the composition of each scene. Viewers didn't seem to mind, however. The idea proved so successful that NBC soon followed it up with another series with the identical format, "Monday Night at the Movies", and it wasn't long before the format was taken up by both CBS and ABC. See more »

Goofs

It's raining in this scene where David Wayne is on the terrace spying on the women. When he slides open the glass paned wall to enter the apartment, you can see his hand seems to go through a pane, revealing there is actually no glass. See more »

Quotes

Schatze Page: A character straight out of character-ville.
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Version of Moon Over Miami (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

I Know Why (and So Do You)
(1941) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on the piano before the wedding
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What a wonderfully, delightful movie!
27 April 2005 | by Sarah FehnSee 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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