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Schatze Page, Loco Dempsey and Pola Debevoise (Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe) are three women on a mission: They all want to marry a millionaire. To accomplish this task, they move into a fancy New York City apartment and begin courting the city's elite. They have no problem meeting rich men, but unfortunately most of them turn out to be creeps or cons. Eventually they must decide: Is a life of luxury more important to them than finding true love?

Cast & Crew

Marilyn Monroe
Pola Debevoise
Lauren Bacall
Schatze Page
Betty Grable
Loco Dempsey
David Wayne
Freddie Denmark
Alex D'Arcy
J. Stewart Merrill
Fred Clark
Waldo Brewster
Joseph MacDonald
Cinematographer
Walter Whaley
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Leland Fuller
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Lyle R. Wheeler
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Critic Reviews for How to Marry a Millionaire

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (4)

  • 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.

    June 4, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The stars save this 1953 entry, through fruitful collision if not smooth collaboration.

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

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
  • [A] feeble little comedy, which hardly needed a wide screen and which just about gets by on star power.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 20, 2003 | Full Review…
  • A rather rambling but entertaining comedy, effectively filmed in the wide-screen CinemaScope process.

    October 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for How to Marry a Millionaire

  • Jan 15, 2018
    I'll say up front this film was fascinating to me for its cast, and what seemed to be an improbable pairing of Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, and Betty Grable, as well as including William Powell in his second-to-last film. The subject, three gold diggers who are out to marry rich men, takes some time to warm up to, as between Bacall's hard conniving and Monroe's dizziness, there is not an awful lot to like early on. However, it grew on me. There is a playfulness in the dialogue and I liked expressions like "sounds creamy to me" as well as the references to Bacall's real-life relationship to that "that old fella what's his name in The African Queen", and Grable's real-life husband Harry James, whose music she can't recognize in the film. Monroe plays her part very well, blending sweetness and seduction as only she could, and aside from seeing her in a bathing suit as part of a modeling show, the shot that captures her image in five mirrors in a washroom is fantastic. There is such a nice sense of fashion in the film, and I loved Grable in a purple dress towards the end. Powell at age 61 is smooth, sophisticated, and stoic, and a joy to watch. I'm not so sure about Bacall, who isn't as strong comedically and less endearing, but overall, it's a strong cast with obviously lots of star power. Director Jean Negulesco tells the story well, sometimes simply informing of us events on one of the three story lines instead of showing them, which keep things moving and is effective. (On the other hand, it was a little tedious at the beginning, as things only get going after an interminably long orchestra piece). He also gives us some nice shots of New York and the snow in "Maine" (apparently actually Sun Valley, Idaho). I doubt the film will blow you away or anything, as it's predictable and light, but it's also entertaining.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 09, 2014
    Madcap antics are promised, and what we get is a dull and largely forgettable romantic comedy. To waste Monroe, Grable, Bacall and Powell in this manner is unforgivable.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • May 27, 2014
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 21, 2011
    Another of Marilyn Monroe's movies had been "advertised" all week on television . NEED I REMIND ANYONE that these glamourous movie stars are the genuine article? No boob jobs, tummy tucks, or the like!? Quite by chance I had tuned and to my delight discovered this jewel of a dated movie co-starring Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable as fellow models of Marilyn Monroe. Something all three of these "enterprising" females possess are a great pair of gams. Monroe is a "gas" as the quite blind (4-eyed) model who believes her spectacles destroy her chance to land a wealthy husband!! <div style="width:463px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/betty-grable-how-to-marry-a-millionaire-monroe-bacall-and-grable-9672886"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/96/72/88/9672886_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com">Flixster</a> - Share Movies</div></div>
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