Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Howard Hawks (1953)

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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.


Lounge singers Lorelei and Dorothy embark on a transatlantic cruise to Paris in search of rich husbands. While Dorothy falls for a penniless man, Lorelei thinks she has found the millionaire of her dreams, only for his father to hire a private eye to spy on her and prove she is a gold-digger. Howard Hawks' musical comedy, starring Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Charles Coburn and Elliott Reid.

Cast & 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
Magistrate Marcel Dalio
Gus Esmond Sr Taylor Holmes
Lady Beekman Norma Varden
Watson Howard Wendell
Hotel manager Steven Geray
Director Howard Hawks
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Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Park CircusAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 26 Feb 2010
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