Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 1953

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

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

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Lorelei Lee (Marilyn Monroe) is a beautiful showgirl engaged to be married to the wealthy Gus Esmond (Tommy Noonan), much to the disapproval of Gus' rich father, Esmond Sr., who thinks that Lorelei is just after his money. When Lorelei goes on a cruise accompanied only by her best friend, Dorothy Shaw (Jane Russell), Esmond Sr. hires Ernie Malone (Elliott Reid), a private detective, to follow her and report any questionable behavior that would disqualify her from the marriage.

Cast & Crew

Jane Russell
Dorothy Shaw
Charles Coburn
Sir Francis "Piggy" Beekman
Elliott Reid
Ernie Malone
Tommy Noonan
Gus Esmond
George Winslow
Henry Spofford III
Marcel Dalio
Magistrate
Taylor Holmes
Mr. Esmond Sr.
Norma Varden
Lady Beekman
Harold Adamson
Original Music
Hoagy Carmichael
Original Music
Leo Robin
Original Music
Jule Styne
Original Music
Harry J. Wild
Cinematographer
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Critic Reviews for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

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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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