Howard Hawks' Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Howard Hawks' Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

DVD - 2006
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A musical about two showgirls from Little Rock searching for love and marriage aboard a luxury-liner bound for France.

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daniellevk_0 Jul 15, 2017

I love this Marilyn Monroe movie. Her character is fun to watch along with her co-star and I think the story line or plot is good too. It is a good movie that is entertaining. Classic movie from the 1950s.

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LuvReadingStuff
Aug 16, 2016

A bit of a silly movie but I love Marilyn Monroe. Love the way Marilyn's character calls her guy "daddy". Only Marilyn can pull that off.

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ThomasJWhiting
Apr 25, 2016

VERY GOOD (and fun) 1953 Technicolor musical romantic comedy with Marilyn Monroe at age 27 showing her mature show biz talents, including some quality dramatic acting - not just sexy posing like in many of her youthful earlier pictures. jane Russell is excellent, too.
Does include lots of terrific leggy show/dance tunes including 'Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend' and 'Two Little Girls from Little Rock'. Songs are both from 1949 Broadway production with some new ones added for the film.

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mswrite
Mar 02, 2016

Notable as the movie that launched Marilyn Monroe into the celebrity stratosphere, "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," the movie adaption of the 1949 Broadway hit that starred Carol Channing, remains most admirable for its depiction of female friendship. The stage version was a showcase for Channing; in the 1953 movie two gorgeous showgirls get in and out of trouble on route to and on the loose in Paris, attracting virtually every male in sight along the way. But no matter what, they remain each other's best friend and staunchest ally. For 1953, an era when women were socialized first and foremost to view one another as competition for a man, this was a remarkable achievement.
Though "Gentlemen" is not a top-tier musical on the order of, say, "Singin' in the Rain" or "Seven Brides For Seven Brothers," it has charm and humor and moves along at a good pace. Monroe and Russell are marvelous as the wide-eyed, baby-voiced Lorelei Lee and wisecracking Dorothy Shaw, respectively. Charles Coburn is hilarious as Sir Francis "Piggy" Beekman, the lecherous old coot Lorelei sets her sights on for his snooty wife's diamond tiara. And as Dorothy's private detective love interest, Elliott Reid is absolutely... adequate. Seriously, he's okay. He's a bit stolid, but has a wry way with a throwaway line that compliments Dorothy's knowing sense of humor.
And the songs are fine, especially "Two Little Girls From Little Rock" and, of course, Miss Monroe's star-making big number, "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend."
The double wedding ending still feels a bit pat, as well as a bit of a cop-out--did these two women reaaaaalllly just want to settle down and have kids?--but it was the '50s after all and that's what the culture was selling us.

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Nursebob
Jan 22, 2015

When gold-digging showgirl Lorelei (Marilyn Monroe showing us the star she could have been) and her stage partner Dorothy (an ample Jane Russell) embark on a trans-Atlantic cruise the suspicious father of Lorelei’s millionaire fiancé hires a private eye to tail her. Onboard complications ensue when Dorothy tries to date the entire men’s olympic team before falling for the undercover detective and Lorelei sets her sights on an elderly diamond tycoon much to his dour wife’s displeasure. But when the two women find themselves alone and penniless on the streets of Paris a series of lucky breaks and mistaken intentions soon put them back in the driver’s seat again. A laugh-out-loud spoof on sexual politics which sees a background cast of virile all-American guys play second fiddle to two strong female leads while Marilyn’s “dumb blonde” winds up outsmarting every man in the house. A solid script provides an endless stream of comebacks and double-entendres while the lively song & dance routines, filmed in romantic technicolor, are highlighted by Miss Monroe’s iconic rendition of “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend”. But for my money Russell practically steals the show with “Who’s For Love” sung in a gymnasium full of glistening half-naked men pulling a series of Rockettes moves. “Camp” doesn’t even come close…

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CallMe_AKA
Dec 18, 2014

Oooh-La-La!... There can be no denying it - As it was so clearly evident here in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, the marvelous wonder of technicolor and the dynamic radiance of Marilyn Monroe were, without question, made for each other.

In this slick and sassy Musical/Comedy from 1953, Monroe plays showgirl, Lorelei Lee, a somewhat clueless gold-digger, who isn't all that concerned about a guy's age or looks, just as long as he's got plenty of cash to throw around in order to buy her expensive presents.

Even though Monroe, as usual, looked positively sensational here, I personally think that her talent as an actress was totally wasted in this silly, shallow and preposterous film.

With plenty of sexual innuendo squeezed into its dialogue, the highlight of this moderately entertaining picture was (again) the gorgeous Marilyn, in a hot-pink, strapless dress, doing a sizzling "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" number.

The only reason to watch this film is to see Marilyn Monroe at her absolute loveliest.

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OZUNE
Feb 17, 2014

Marilyn Monroe did not star in that many good movies. In fact this one, Some Like it Hot, and The Misfits are probably the best. What makes this one good are the songs which are for the most part excellent and Jane Russell who is the perfect foil for Marilyn as she never tries to compete with her but holds her own as the wisecracking older sister type.

IClare Jul 06, 2013

Good Marilyn Monroe movie. She's pretty funny in this one. Love the scene where she gets stuck in the boat window and covers up the little boy passing by with a blanket so she can pretend his arms and legs are hers. And of course there is the infamous "Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend" performance. This was a fun movie! I really liked her and Jane Russell in it. Definitely worth checking out.

tradlibn Apr 19, 2011

This was a lame movie. Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell play singers and dancers who end up cruising to Europe. Monroe is infatuated with diamonds and wants to marry a rich man. She is engaged to a rich but meek guy whose father doesn't approve of her. Jane Russell's character falls in love with a man who turns out to be a detective on Monroe's trail. There are several musical production numbers, including the famous "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend." Pretty silly - essentially just a vehicle for Monroe.

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