How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)


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In this comedy, 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.

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Nunnally Johnson, ZoŽ Akins
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 28, 2001
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


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as Freddie Denmark

as Tom Brookman

as J. Stewart Merrill

as Waldo Brewster

as J.D. Hanley

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as Cab Driver

as Mr. Otis

as Benton

as Antoine

as Man at Bridge

as Secretary

as Jewelry Salesman

as Tony

as Captain of Waiters

as Mrs. Salem

as Motorcycle Cop

as Model

as Stewardess

as Reporter

as Doorman
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Critic Reviews for How to Marry a Millionaire

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (4)

The stars save this 1953 entry, through fruitful collision if not smooth collaboration.

Full Review… | August 29, 2014
Chicago Reader
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A real standout among the other players is William Powell as the elderly Texas rancher who woos, wins and then gives up Bacall.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

[A] feeble little comedy, which hardly needed a wide screen and which just about gets by on star power.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The substance is still insufficient for the vast spread of screen which CinemaScope throws across the front of the theatre, and the impression it leaves is that of nonsense from a few people in a great big hall.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

In How to Marry a Millionaire, directed by John Negulesco, there is the triple delight of Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall in one movie -- and one apartment.

Full Review… | June 4, 2015
Times [UK]

Fabulously cast and wickedly witty.

Full Review… | August 29, 2014
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for How to Marry a Millionaire

Monroe and Bacall are charming and charismatic as ever, but in an only occasionally amusing (yet outdated and rarely really funny) story about three women trying to catch a rich man to marry - a plot that, let's be honest, may not be everyone's idea of a good, fun comedy.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Silly and unimaginative, but with a good cast, it's not a great movie but worth watching if you like the cast.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

I love old films, and this is no exception. Marilyn is pouty and ignorant as ever, Lauren Bacall sophistacted yet vulnerable, and Betty Grable just plain dim. It all works out for a great comedy.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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