How to Marry a MillionaireDirector: Jean Negulesco, Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall
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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Cast & Crew
|Betty Grable||Loco Dempsey|
|Marilyn Monroe||Pola Debevoise|
|Lauren Bacall||Schatze Page|
|David Wayne||Freddie Denmark|
|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|
|Robert Adler||Cab Driver|
|Harry Carter||Elevator Operator|
|Tudor Owen||Mr. Otis|
|Emmett Vogan||Man at Bridge|
|Van Des Autels||Best Man|
|Ivan Triesault||Captain of Waiters|
|Hope Landin||Mrs. Salem|
|Tom Greenway||Motorcycle Cop|
|James F. Stone||Doorman|
|Richard Shackleton||Bell Boy|
|Alfred Bruzlin||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Leland Fuller||Art Director|
|Roger Heman||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Ray Kellogg||Special Effects|
|Charles LeMaire||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Cyril Mockridge||Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Alfred Newman||Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Stuart A. Reiss||Set Decoration/Design|
|Walter Scott||Set Decoration/Design|
|William Travilla||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Lyle Wheeler||Art Director|
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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.
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.
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.
Great actors,and one of the best movies out there!