Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

  • U
  • Howard Hawks (1953)
  • US
  • 87 min
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Marilyn Monroe's star was well and truly rising when she portrayed author Anita Loos's gold-digging Lorelei Lee in this scintillating 20th Century-Fox musical. It's directed by Howard Hawks, who had a clever understanding of how to exploit Monroe's star power - he'd previously directed her in Monkey Business. Watch how even co-star Jane Russell is entranced by the blonde bombshell during their duets. Monroe shines in the superbly photographed and choreographed production numbers, most notably Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend - watch for an uncredited young George Chakiris (West Side Story) in the chorus. The movie opens with a scene that uses the sparkling Technicolor to best effect, as Monroe and Russell announce that they're just Two Little Girls from Little Rock, and it simply takes off from there. The men are underused - but who cares? - and the third act is a flat and contrived letdown yet, make no mistake, this is the movie that consolidated Monroe's stardom and showcased her special talent to the full. Don't miss.

Plot Summary

Musical comedy starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell. Despite already being engaged to a millionaire, showgirl Lorelei Lee continues to flirt with wealthy men when she sails to Paris with her best friend Dorothy.

Cast and crew


Dorothy Shaw
Jane Russell
Lorelei Lee
Marilyn Monroe
Sir Francis Beekman
Charles Coburn
Ernie Malone
Elliott Reid
Gus Esmond
Tommy Noonan
Henry Spofford III
George Winslow
Marcel Dalio
Gus Esmond Sr
Taylor Holmes
Lady Beekman
Norma Varden
Howard Wendell
Hotel manager
Steven Geray


Howard Hawks

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Park Circus
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 26 Feb 2010
Certificate U