How to Marry a Millionaire

How to Marry a Millionaire

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Director: Jean Negulesco, Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall

Cast: Jean Negulesco, 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 of

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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:
32,245

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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How to Marry a Millionaire 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Shykiss3 More than 1 year ago
I purchased this movie to add to my collection of old movies. This movie is by far one of my favorites. The three women in search to find sugar daddies but learn in the end its about love not money that brings true happiness. Lauren Bacall was amazing in this movie. Great movie, great cast and I definitely recommend to add to your collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not a Marylin Monroe feature. It's Lauren Bacall's time to shine and she shines very bright. So bright in fact Lauren get's the millionaire and she does it in a delightful nonpretentious way. Lauren Bacall Betty Grable and Marylin Monroe should all be on the cover of this DVD. The movie worked because they all worked together.
ProfessionalBookNerd More than 1 year ago
Cute.
Cute, cute, cute.

I really like this film. I think all three women are adorable and they do a great job of being different enough to complement each other, but it's still believable that they'd be friends. The major downside to the movie is the stupid grumpy married guy Betty tries to snatch. He's just so annoying. But enough about him; this is a really good comedic role for Marilyn and Betty, and you just end up falling in love with Lauren Bacall. I mean, who wouldn't anyway, but she just seems so lovable in this film. She's not trying to be sultry (which she's also good at) so her sweetness shines through, even though it's her golddigging idea and she tries so hard to not let love get in the way of the quality of life she deserves.

Best viewed with some kind of float. Root beer, Coke, cherry soda, whatever. Something yummy and fizzy topped with ice cream.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great actors,and one of the best movies out there!
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