How to Marry a Millionaire

How to Marry a Millionaire

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Director: Jean Negulesco

Cast: Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall

     
 

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A remake of 1933's The Greeks Had a Word for Them, as well as a retread of 20th Century-Fox's favorite plotline, How to Marry a Millionaire was the first Hollywood comedy to be lensed in Cinemascope. Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe play three models of modest means who rent an expensive Manhattan penthouse apartment and pose as women ofSee more details below

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A remake of 1933's The Greeks Had a Word for Them, as well as a retread of 20th Century-Fox's favorite plotline, How to Marry a Millionaire was the first Hollywood comedy to be lensed in Cinemascope. Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe play three models of modest means who rent an expensive Manhattan penthouse apartment and pose as women of wealth. It's all part of a scheme hatched by Bacall to snare rich husbands for herself and her roommates. The near-sighted Monroe is wooed by an international playboy, but ends up settling for the tax-dodging fugitive (David Wayne) who owns the girls' apartment. The knuckle-headed Grable goes off on an illicit weekend in the mountains with a grouchy married executive (Fred Clark), but falls instead for a comparatively poor--but very handsome--forest ranger (Rory Calhoun). And Bacall very nearly lands an aging millionaire (William Powell), but has a sudden attack of conscience and opts instead for the supposedly poverty-stricken chap (Cameron Mitchell) who has been pursuing her since reel one. It turns out that she has actually landed one of the richest men in New York--and upon learning this, our three luscious heroines faint dead away. Before the opening credits roll in How to Marry a Millionaire, we are treated to a "live" orchestral rendition of Alfred Newman's "Street Scene" overture, conducted by Newman himself. In addition to its being the first wide-screen comedy, Millionaire was also the first-ever presentation of the weekly NBC series Saturday Night at the Movies, premiering on the small screen on September 23, 1961.

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All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
This tasty little souffle of a movie remains palatable throughout because of the alternately sweet and tart comic styles of the Bacall/Grable/Monroe triumvirate. All three stars play very much to type, but it's all harmless fun -- and gorgeous to look at thanks to painter-turned-director Jean Negulesco's sumptuous way with the nascent widescreen format. Negulesco, cinematographer Joe MacDonald and set designers Stuart A. Reiss and Walter Scott concoct a gorgeously gaudy Manhattan full of elegant fashion shows, cavernous loft apartments and comfy greasy spoons. As for the three beautifully decked-out babes, no surprises: Bacall's the cynic, Monroe's the ditz and Grable's the girl who learns she's a softie in spite of herself. Their various romantic and financial entanglements are the stuff of which silly Broadway musicals are made. But, sans songs, How to Marry a Millionaire is all about snappy dialogue, clever physical comedy, fantastic costumes and gorgeous scenery. But the time wedding bells ring during the final reel, the overly familiar material starts to wear thin. But for those who can check their feminist impulses at the door, the film remains a breezy pleasure even a half-century later.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2012
UPC:
0024543817109
Original Release:
1953
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
19,710

Special Features

Fox Movietonews: How to Marry a Millionaire CinemaScope; Original Theatrical Trailers; More Monroe Movie Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Betty Grable Loco Dempsey
Marilyn Monroe Pola Debevoise
Lauren Bacall Schatze Page
David Wayne Freddie Denmark
Rory Calhoun Eben
Cameron Mitchell Tom Brookman
Alex D'Arcy J. Stewart Merrill
Fred Clark Waldo Brewster
William Powell J.D. Hanley
George Dunn Mike, the Elevator Man
Percy Helton Benton
Robert Adler Cab Driver
Harry Carter Elevator Operator
Tudor Owen Mr. Otis
Maurice Marsac Antoine
Emmett Vogan Man at Bridge
Hermine Sterler Madame
Rankin Mansfield Bennett
Jan Arvan Tony
Ivis Goulding Maid
Dayton Lummis Justice
Van Des Autels Best Man
Eric Wilton Butler
Ivan Triesault Captain of Waiters
Herbert Deans Stewart
Georges Saurel Emir
Hope Landin Mrs. Salem
Tom Greenway Motorcycle Cop
Charlotte Austin Model
Merry Anders Model
Ruth Hall Model
Beryl McCutcheon Model
James F. Stone Doorman
Tom Martin Doorman
Benny Burt Reporter
Eve Finnell Stewardess
Richard Shackleton Bell Boy

Technical Credits
Jean Negulesco Director
Alfred Bruzlin Sound/Sound Designer
Leland Fuller Art Director
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Nunnally Johnson Producer,Screenwriter
Ray Kellogg Special Effects
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Louis Loeffler Editor
Joe MacDonald Cinematographer
Cyril Mockridge Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Makeup
Stuart A. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
William Travilla Costumes/Costume Designer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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