Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

1953

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Critics Consensus

Anchored by Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell's sparkling magnetism, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a delightfully entertaining 1950s musical.

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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, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (10)

  • Howard Hawks adds sly sexual insinuation to the blatantly sexual antics of Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell in this scintillating 1953 adaptation of the stage musical based on Anita Loos's novel.

    Jan 25, 2016 | Full Review…
  • For all the three-dimensional attractions of its two leading ladies, this is a rather flat cinemusical.

    Jan 26, 2011 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
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  • 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.

    Aug 4, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    David Fear

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Aug 3, 2010 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 26, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
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  • Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell melt the screen as the two little girls from Little Rock seeking Mr Right (or at least Mr Right(TM)s bank account). It(TM)s enjoyable, escapist fluff, with a killer finale.

    Feb 26, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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Audience Reviews for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

  • May 28, 2015
    Distantly devoted to the film, Monroe's "Novocane in her Lipstick" blonde bombshell Lorelei Lee coins a perfect performance as one half of a singing double act and steals the picture completely as it really is her film. Jane Russell is a flawlessly restrained chalk to Marilyn's cheese and gives a very good performance also. The script is undeniably funny but also snarkily witty and understated and works wonderfully against the sequin studded dresses and glittering backdrops of songs like Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2015
    A very funny and entertaining musical in gorgeous Technicolor, with excellent dialogue, an animal magnetism exuded by Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe, and nice musical numbers like "Bye, Bye Baby" and Monroe's glamorous rendition of "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend."
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 01, 2014
    Its significantly different than the original stage production (on top of several plot changes, the movie forgets its a musical for much of of the middle section) but that doesn't matter because the film is just delightful. Russell and Monroe make for a fabulous comedic duo, I don't think any other pair of women from 1953 would have managed to be as charming, hilarious, and sexy as these two.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 13, 2013
    Sure it is silly especially in terms of plots but the dynamic duo of Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe are entertaining as heck. Of course you have to wonder about Russell being upstaged by Monroe who couldn't hold a candle to her in terms of acting ability.
    John B Super Reviewer

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