Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

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In theaters Jul 15, 1953
G, 1 hr. 31 min.


Movie Info

Synopsis: 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
Director: Howard Hawks
Rated: G
Running Time: 1 hr. 31 min.
Genre: Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Theater Release: Jul 15, 1953
DVD Release: May 29, 2001


Jane Russell

Charles Coburn

Sir Frances Beekman
Tommy Noonan

Gus Esmond
George Winslow

Henry Spifford III
Taylor Holmes

Gus Esmond Sr.
Norma Varden

Lady Beekman
Marcel Dalio



Critic Reviews

Consensus: Anchored by Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell's sparkling magnetism, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a delightfully entertaining 1950s musical.
  • For all the three-dimensional attractions of its two leading ladies, this is a rather flat cinemusical. More...
  • You won't find a more elegant take on '50s va-va-voom vulgarity or a more joyous paean to the cheesecake self-empowerment of two little girls from Little Rock. More...
  • There's more warmth in [Russell's] fondly bemused looks at Monroe, whose friendship is a front-row ticket to the best show in town. More...
  • If camp comedy capering (don't call it a social satire!) isn't your thing, it's worth the ticket to see Monroe's iconic and flawlessly choreographed performance of Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend (TM): a perfect four minutes of film. More...
  • A strong play to the sophisticated dialog and situations is given by Howard Hawks' direction and he maintains the racy air that brings the musical off excellently at a pace that helps cloak the fact that it's rather lightweight, but sexy, stuff. More...
  • A landmark encounter in the battle of the sexes. More...
  • Smashing. More...
  • There is that about Miss Russell and also about Miss Monroe that keeps you looking at them even when they have little or nothing to do. Call it inherent magnetism. Call it luxurious coquetry. Call it whatever you fancy. More...
  • Classic musical romp with dated premise is silly fun. More...
  • An unusually perfect marriage of star, scenario, dialogue, director, and music. More...

User Reviews

  • An enjoyable mix of best friends who want very opposite things from potential husbands. For me, Jane Russell stole the spotlight in this film, whilst...
  • A pretty good movie, it's almost exactly like How to Marry a Millionaire, but it's slightly better, mostly because it's funnier.
  • Mixed feelings on this film. I loved the sassy Jane Russell, in all her boy crazed glory, and the ever fluffy Marilyn Monroe, but there wasn't enough...
  • dispite the choppy editing and rediculouness of Monroe This is a great movie! Its a classic and makes me wonder. Was Marilyn Monroe really that dim?...
  • As far as musicals go, this is easily my favorite. Howard Hawks brings the perfect blend of comedy, musical numbers and just an honest message. Of...
  • Marilyn being classically Marilyn. Funny how diamonds are a girl's best friend reminded me of Moulin Rouge! Still this is one of the more enjoyable...
  • Not much going for plot, but I liked the glamour in this movie. Marilyn was quite a good actress, it's only the second of her films I have ever seen.
  • I had no idea what to expect from this one, I have to admit: it's famous for the scene that Madonna and Moulin Rouge ripped off, and for putting...
  • Luscious...sensual...soothing. Orgasmicly good
  • Movie about two women searching for husbands, Love the song 'Diamonds are a girl's best friend'.