Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

1953

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

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Critic 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 (40) | Top Critics (8)

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…
Time Out
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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…
Time Out
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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.

May 13, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

½

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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 Marilyn was much more over the top. As a Musical it's very forgettable, but otherwise it made for easy watching.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

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½

A pretty good movie, it's almost exactly like How to Marry a Millionaire, but it's slightly better, mostly because it's funnier.

Aj V
Aj V

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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 pomp and circumstance. The numbers were lackluster except for the monumental "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend." The plot was sketchy, and the humor up and down. Not the best musical, but still entertaining.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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