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How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

aka How to Marry a Millionaire

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

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Details: 95 mins · English, French, Arabic, Latin


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Everything is Lauren Becall and nothing is wrong. What a fun little movie. Filled with dazzling characters. Little twists and turns that aren't all that shocking but fun to watch unfold. Not to mention Lauren Becall's voice.

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Small Loco Dempsey
Small Pola Debevoise
Small Schatze Page
Small Freddie Denmark
Small Eben
Small Tom Brookman
Small J. Stewart Merrill
Small Waldo Brewster
Small J.D. Hanley
Small Mr. Benton


No_movie_poster Louis R. Loeffler Editor
No_movie_poster Nunnally Johnson Screenplay
No_movie_poster Alfred Newman Original Music Composer
Small Jean Negulesco Director
No_movie_poster Joseph MacDonald Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Nunnally Johnson Production


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


Resourceful Schatze Page (Lauren Bacall), spunky Loco Dempsey (Betty Grable), and ditzy Pola Debevoise (Marilyn Monroe) rent a luxurious Sutton Place penthouse in New York City from Freddie Denmark (David Wayne), who is avoiding the IRS by living in Europe. The women plan to use it to attract and marry millionaires: Rockefeller or Vanderbilt. Pola queries whether a Mr Texaco or Mr Cadillac exists. When money is tight, Schatze pawns some of Freddie's furniture, without his knowledge of course; as winter approaches, the furnishings gradually vanish.

One day, Loco carries in some groceries, assisted by Tom Brookman (Cameron Mitchell). Tom is very interested in Schatze, but she knows from prior marital experience what he is — a "gas pump jockey" — and tries repeatedly to brush him off, without success. She has her sights on bigger game: the charming, classy widower J.D. Hanley (William Powell) whose worth is irreproachably large. All the while she's stalking the older J.D., Tom keeps after her. After every one of their dates, she tells him she never wants to see him again. She refuses to marry a poor man again.

Meanwhile, Loco (Grable) becomes acquainted with a grumpy businessman (Fred Clark). He is married, but she agrees to go with him to his "lodge" in Maine, mistakenly thinking she's going to meet a bunch of Elks Club members. (When they arrive, Grable misidentifies a big-band orchestra playing on the radio as that of Harry James - her actual husband at the time.) When she learns the truth about the lodge, she wants nothing to do with his plans. Unfortunately, she comes down with the measles and has to stay in the lodge until cured. She is nursed back to health with the help of a strapping young man named Eben (Rory Calhoun), who she thinks owns most of the surrounding land. She has no trouble transferring her affections to the handsome outdoorsman and they become engaged. When she finds out that he's just a forest ranger, guarding against fires on "his" land, she is very disappointed, but she loves him and is willing to overlook his financial shortcomings.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1953-11-05 : United States of America

DVD : 2001-05-29