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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

aka Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

"The Two M-M-Marvels Of Our Age In The Wonder Musical Of The World!"

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Details: 91 mins · English, French

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So Good

Jane Russel is so good as the cynic friend in this... Wardrobe is amazing for both of them, even though Monroe's make up is a bit of a mess at times (in particular her lip stick...)
Apart from the scenes to showcase Marilyn, as a naive yet cunning gold digger (I mean, come on, really? you're either one or the other, you can't be both), it's an entertaining, funny movie.

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couldn't stand it

I couldn’t get past the fact that the main character (played by Marilyn Monroe) is both annoying as hell and a terrible person. Given that I was rooting against her the entire film, it didn’t really make for an enjoyable viewing experience.

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Cast:

Small Dorothy Shaw
Small Lorelei Lee
Small Sir Francis 'Piggy' Beekman
Small Ernie Malone
Small Gus Esmond
No_movie_poster Henry Spofford III
Small Magistrate
Small Lady Beekman
Small Mr. Esmond Sr.
No_movie_poster Watson
Small Hotel Manager
No_movie_poster Olympic Team Member

Crew:

No_movie_poster Charles Lederer Screenplay
No_movie_poster Roger Heman Sr. Sound Designer
Small Howard Hawks Director
Small Anita Loos Novel
No_movie_poster Joseph Fields Theatre Play
No_movie_poster Sol C. Siegel Producer
Small Hoagy Carmichael Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Eliot Daniel Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Lionel Newman Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Harry J. Wild Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Hugh S. Fowler Editor
No_movie_poster Claude E. Carpenter Set Decoration
No_movie_poster Travilla Costume Design
No_movie_poster E. Clayton Ward Sound Designer
Small Anita Loos Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Joseph Fields Story Contributor

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"The Two M-M-Marvels Of Our Age In The Wonder Musical Of The World!"

Plot:



Lorelei Lee (Marilyn Monroe) and Dorothy Shaw (Jane Russell) are showgirls and best friends. Lorelei has a passion for diamonds, knowing that attracting a rich husband is one of the only ways a woman of the 1950s can succeed economically. She is engaged to Gus Esmond (Tommy Noonan), a naive nerd willing to do or buy anything for her. He, however, is under the control of his wealthy, upper-class father who calls him twice a day. Dorothy, on the other hand, is looking for love, attracted only by men who are good-looking and fit. Lorelei has planned for Gus and her to marry in France, but Esmond, Sr. stops his son from sailing, believing that Lorelei is bad for him. Lorelei's job requires that she go and she does. Gus gives her a letter of credit, warning her to behave because, if his father hears rumors of bad behavior on her part, his father will certainly prohibit their marriage. Unbeknownst to them, Esmond, Sr. has hired a private detective, Ernie Malone (Elliott Reid), to spy on Lorelei. Malone, however, immediately falls in love with Dorothy. During the Atlantic crossing, Dorothy has already been drawn to the members of the Olympic athlete team, and is disappointed that they are required to go to bed right at the shank of the evening. Lorelei meets the rich and foolish Sir Francis "Piggy" Beekman (Charles Coburn), the owner of a diamond mine, and is attracted by his wealth and naively returns his geriatric flirtations. Piggy is entranced and his wife, annoyed. Lady Beekman (Norma Varden) proudly shows Lorelei her diamond tiara.


Lorelei invites the old gent to her and Dorothy's cabin, whereupon he recounts his travels to Africa. Malone spies through the window and takes pictures of Piggy hugging Lorelei under the guise of explaining how a python squeezes a goat. Dorothy catches Malone walking away nonchalantly after taking pictures of Lorelei and Piggy. She tells Lorelei, who fears for her reputation. They come up with a scheme to recover the incriminating film. They invite Malone for drinks, spill water on his lap, take his pants off to dry them out, and find the film in his pants pocket. Lorelei promptly prints and hides the negatives. Piggy is relieved his wife won't see the pictures. Lorelei, feeling she deserves a reward, persuades Piggy to give her his wife's diamond tiara as a thank-you present. But then Malone reveals that he has taped Lorelei's and Piggy's conversations, for which Dorothy scolds him. Malone implies Lorelei is a golddigger and, when Dorothy dismisses him out of hand, admits that he himself is a liar. When Dorothy tells Lorelei she is falling for Malone, Lorelei chastises her for choosing a poor man when she could as easily have a rich man – and diamonds. They arrive in Paris and spend time shopping, but are then kicked out of the hotel; Lorelei's letter of credit has been cancelled because of what Gus's father has learned from Malone. When Gus shows up at their show, Lorelei rebuffs him. It is at this point that Lorelei performs "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend," the musical number whose lyrics explain why and how women need to pursue men with money in order to pay their rent and buy food.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1953-01-01 : United States of America

Theatrical : 1954-01-01 : Austria

Theatrical : 1956-01-01 : Turkey

Theatrical : 1953-07-01 : United States of America

Theatrical : 1953-07-15 : United States of America

Theatrical : 1953-07-31 : United States of America

Theatrical : United States of America

Theatrical : 1953-08-26 : Japan

Theatrical : 1953-10-01 : Sweden

Theatrical : 1953-11-05 : Argentina

Theatrical : 1953-11-05 : Uruguay

Theatrical : 1954-02-12 : Finland

Theatrical : Austria

Theatrical : 1954-04-07 : West Germany

Theatrical : 1954-07-30 : France

Theatrical : 1954-10-13 : Denmark

Theatrical : 1954-12-27 : Portugal

Theatrical : 1955-04-09 : Spain

Theatrical : 1955-05-02 : Spain

Theatrical : Turkey

Theatrical : 1998-08-21 : Switzerland

Theatrical : 2010-02-26 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 2012-07-12 : Greece

Television : 1990-04-25 : German Democratic Republic

DVD : 2001-05-29

2001-06-07 : United States of America

2006-11-14 : Spain

2009-10-09 : Austria

2012-09-02 : Italy