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The Magic of Marilyn Monroe GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES Summary

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Howard Hawks, 1953



Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell


The film version of Anita Loos's Broadway musical has scrapped the 1920s plot and most of the songs. If the plot of vacationing showgirls--one out for money, the other for love--sometimes lags in director Hawks's hands, it's compensated by a genuine sentiment and sweetness, the ironic and witty use of sex-symbol stereotypes, and the reduction of males to foils for the affectionate wisecracks traded by the femme leads. Both Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe act with the confidence of whales; it's the last time in Monroe's career you feel sure watching her work. In a way Russell steals BLONDES. She's certainly more at home in gaudy territory, and her Dorothy is loving and supervisory of Monroe's Lorelei at the same time. Certainly, BLONDES proves Russell's knockout instinct for deadpan sarcasm, rare among pin-up girls. BLONDES exploits her whole sex-symbol-as-earth-mom persona more than any of her films. An inferior sequel, GENTLEMEN MARRY BRUNETTES followed in 1955.

Genre:
Musical
Color or b/w:
Color
Production Co(s).:
Fox
Released by:
Fox
Running time:
91

Jane Russell
Dorothy
Marilyn Monroe
Lorelei Lee
Charles Coburn
Sir Francis Beekman
Elliott Reid
Malone
Tommy Noonan
Gus Esmond
George "Foghorn" Winslow
Henry Spofford III
Marcel Dalio
Magistrate
Taylor Holmes
Gus Esmond, Sr.
Norma Varden
Lady Beekman
Howard Wendell
Watson
Steven Geray
Hotel Manager
Henri Letondal
Grotier
Leo Mostovoy
Phillipe
Alex Frazer
Pritchard
Harry Carey Jr.
Winslow
George Davis
Cab Driver
Alphonse Martell
Headwaiter
James Moultrie
Boy Dancer
Freddie Moultrie
Boy Dancer
Jean De Briac
Gendarme
George Dee
Gendarme
Peter Camlin
Gendarme
Jean Del Val
Ship's Capt
Ray Montgomery
Peters
Alvy Moore
Anderson
Robert Nichols
Evans
Charles Tannen
Ed
Jimmy Young
Stevens
Charles de Ravenne
Purser
John Close
Coach
William Cabanne
Sims
Philip Sylvestre
Steward
Jack Chefe
Proprietor
Alfred Paix
Pierre
Max Willenz
Court Clerk
Rolfe Sedan
Waiter
Robert Foulk
Passport Official
Ralph Peters
Passport Official
Harry Seymour
Captain of Waiters

Producer:
Sol C. Siegel
Director:
Howard Hawks
Writer:
Charles Lederer (based on the play by Anita Loos, Joseph Fields)
Cinematographer:
Harry Wild (Technicolor)
Editor:
Hugh S. Fowler
Music Director:
Lionel Newman
Art Director:
Lyle Wheeler
Joseph C. Wright
Set Decorator:
Claude Carpenter
Special Effects:
Ray Kellogg
Costume Design:
Travilla
Choreography:
Jack Cole

BLONDES HAVE MORE FUN TIMES MORE!!

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