Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

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Director: Howard Hawks, Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn

Cast: Howard Hawks, Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn

     
 

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This infectious comedy-musical from director Howard Hawks is sure to please the many fans of the legendary Monroe and possibly win over new ones, especially after the newbies get a look at this sumptuous DVD. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's release is absolutely stunning -- as are the other discs in its Marilyn Monroe: Diamond Collection series. The film's

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This infectious comedy-musical from director Howard Hawks is sure to please the many fans of the legendary Monroe and possibly win over new ones, especially after the newbies get a look at this sumptuous DVD. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's release is absolutely stunning -- as are the other discs in its Marilyn Monroe: Diamond Collection series. The film's picture has been painstakingly remastered and given a makeover that it never previously displayed for home video. To say that the film looks gorgeous is putting it mildly. The film's three-strip Technicolor image glows and sparkles; colors resonate like never before, and there is added depth and texture to many of the scenes. The picture is offered full frame only, at its proper aspect ratio (1.33:1). The soundtrack has also gotten a newly remastered stereo boost (appropriate for a musical), though its original English mono soundtrack has also been included. A French mono track is available, and the disc has the optional English and Spanish subtitles. In terms of extras, the disc includes the original theatrical trailer, a Movietone newsreel that shows Monroe and top-billed star Jane Russell immortalizing their hands and feet in cement in front of Mann's Chinese Theater, as well as just doing their thing in front of the cameras. And like the other discs in Fox's Diamond Collection, an informative restoration comparison has been included. This release is a great example of how to spruce up classic Hollywood fare for the digital age.Second-billed Marilyn Monroe is the blonde in question in this second film version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: Miss Lorelei Lee, whose philosophy is "diamonds are a girl's best friend." Together with her best human friend Dorothy (top-billed Jane Russell), showgirl Lorelei embarks upon a boat trip to Paris, where she intends to marry millionaire Gus Esmond (Tommy Noonan). En route, the girls are bedeviled by private detective Malone (Elliot Reid), hired by Esmond's father (Taylor Holmes) to make certain that Lorelei isn't just another gold-digger. When Dorothy falls in love with the poverty-stricken Malone, Lorelei decides to find her pal a wealthier potential husband, and that's how she gets mixed up with flirtatious diamond merchant Sir Francis Beekman (Charles Coburn) and precocious youngster Henry Spofford III (George "Foghorn" Winslow). Most of the Leo Robin-Jule Styne songs from the Broadway show remain intact, including Marilyn Monroe's rendition of "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend," a production number later imitated by pop icon Madonna.

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On the surface, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a brassy, garish, colorful musical comedy featuring two rather lightweight actresses, Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell. Ultimately, however, director Howard Hawks uses the nature of the material and the glossy stars to an interesting, paradoxical effect. The film lacks strong masculine characters and any sort of traditional morality; it's dominated by the superficial. The two main characters are sex symbols who, in true Hawksian fashion, have their sex-appeal turned on its head. Monroe's first starring success came the year before, in Niagara, and she had also shown a flair for comedy in Hawks' Monkey Business; but Gentlemen was the first time she proved that she could truly charm an audience, something which she continued to do through 1959's Some Like It Hot.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/29/2001
UPC:
0024543261001
Original Release:
1953
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
6,349

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jane Russell Dorothy Shaw
Marilyn Monroe Lorelei Lee
Charles Coburn Sir Francis Beekman
Elliott Reid Det. Malone
Tommy Noonan Gus Esmond
George 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
George Davis Cab Driver
Alphonse Martell Headwaiter
James Moultrie Boy Dancer
Fred Moultrie Boy Dancer
Jean de Briac Gendarme
Peter Camlin Gendarme
Harry Carey Winslow
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
Jack Chefe Proprietor
Robert Foulk Actor
Ralph Peters Passport Official
Jimmy Saung Dancer
Rolfe Sedan Waiter
Harry Seymour Captain of Waiters
Max Willenz Court Clerk
Alfred Paix Pierre
George Chakiris Dancer
Howard Hawks Actor

Technical Credits
Howard Hawks Director
Claude E. Carpenter Set Decoration/Design
Jack Cole Choreography
Hugh S. Fowler Editor
Earle Hagen Musical Arrangement
Paul Helmick Asst. Director
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Ray Kellogg Special Effects
Charles Lederer Screenwriter
Lionel Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Makeup
Leo Robin Score Composer
Sol C. Siegel Producer
Jule Styne Score Composer
William Travilla Costumes/Costume Designer
E. Clayton Ward Sound/Sound Designer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
Harry J. Wild Cinematographer
Joseph C. Wright Art Director

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Sophie-Broome More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, the best film Marilyn made.
RKL More than 1 year ago
Forget the idea that only A Serious Treatment of the Human Condition, only Sturm und Drang make for Great Films. This is a light and fluffy fantasy, but who cares? It's a well made light and fluffy fantasy! The costumes and sets are gorgeous, the songs are catchy and you get to watch Marilyn Monroe in her prime. (Not to mention Jane Russell, Charles Coburn, etc., under the direction of one of Classic Hollywood's best directors, Howard Hawks.) It's the kind of movie that is guaranteed to make you smile!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This just happens to be the best Marilyn Monroe Movie I've seen, and i've seen all of 'em! This is my most favorite. It's ultra clear on DVD and the music is awesome. The special features include theatrical trailors of this movie and the diamond collection. A TOTAL MUST HAVE FOR MARILYN FANS!
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