Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

Fox Movietonews: Marilyn and Jane in Cement; Original Theatrical Trailer; More Monroe Movie Trailers
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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2012
  • UPC: 024543817048
  • Original Release: 1953
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  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Presentation: Subtitled / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 2,510

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 Jr. 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
George Chakiris Dancer
Robert Foulk
Howard Hawks
Alfred Paix Pierre
Ralph Peters Passport Official
Jimmy Saung Dancer
Rolfe Sedan Waiter
Harry Seymour Captain of Waiters
Max Willenz Court Clerk
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 Sr. 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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  • Posted August 2, 2012

    In my opinion, the best film Marilyn made.

    In my opinion, the best film Marilyn made.

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  • Posted November 1, 2010

    Never fails to delight

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MARILYN MONROE! QUEEN OF THE SILVER SCREEN!

    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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