Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
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Second-billed Marilyn Monroe is the blonde in question in this second film version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: Miss Lorelei Lee, whose philosophy is diamonds are a girl's best friend. Together with her best human friend Dorothy (top-billed Jane Russell), showgirl Lorelei embarks upon a boat trip to Paris, where she intends to marry millionaire Gus Esmond (Tommy Noonan). En route, the girls are bedeviled by private detective Malone (Elliot Reid), hired by Esmond's father (Taylor Holmes) to make certain that Lorelei isn't just another gold-digger. When Dorothy falls in love with the poverty-stricken Malone, Lorelei decides to find her pal a wealthier potential husband, and that's how she gets mixed up with flirtatious diamond merchant Sir Francis Beekman (Charles Coburn) and precocious youngster Henry Spofford III (George Foghorn Winslow). Most of the Leo Robin-Jule Styne songs from the Broadway show remain intact, including Marilyn Monroe's rendition of Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend, a production number later imitated by pop icon Madonna.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
- Jane Russell
- Marilyn Monroe
- Charles Coburn
- Elliott Reid
- Tommy Noonan
- George Winslow
- Marcel Dalio
- Taylor Holmes
- Norma Varden
- Howard Wendell
Did You Know?
- The "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" number was later re-shot in CinemaScope, to be used as part of a CinemaScope demonstration held on the Fox lot in March of 1953. Producer Darryl F. Zanuck told "Daily Variety" that it only took 3-1/2 hours to shoot the number in CinemaScope versus four days for the original film version. The public finally saw the CinemaScope version ten years later when it closed Fox's documentary tribute to Marilyn Monroe: Marilyn (1963),
- Lorelei (Marilyn Monroe) has slender hands with long fingers and her nails are manicured. But when she pulls the roll of film out of Ernie's pants with her right hand, the hand is short with thick fingers and her nails are cut and unpolished.
- Lady Beekman: You'll find I mean business!
- Dorothy Shaw: Oh, really? Then why are you wearing that hat?
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