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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.
|Betty Grable||Loco Dempsey|
|Marilyn Monroe||Pola Debevoise|
|Lauren Bacall||Schatze Page|
|David Wayne||Freddie Denmark|
|Cameron Mitchell||Tom Brookman|
|Alexander D'Arcy||J. Stewart Merrill|
|Fred Clark||Waldo Brewster|
|William Powell||J.D. Hanley|
|Percy Helton||Mr. Benton|
"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.
Theatrical : 1953-11-05 : United States of America
DVD : 2001-05-29