How to Marry a Millionaire

1953

How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

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Three New York models, Shatze, Pola and Loco set-up in an exclusive apartment with a plan: tired of cheap men and a lack of money they intend to use all their talents to trap and marry three millionaires. The trouble is that's it's not so easy to tell the rich men from the hunters and even when they can, is the money really worth it?

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Cast

Betty Grable
as Loco Dempsey
Marilyn Monroe
as Pola Debevoise
Lauren Bacall
as Schatze Page
Cameron Mitchell
as Tom Brookman
David Wayne
as Freddie Denmark
Alex D'Arcy
as J. Stewart Merrill
Fred Clark
as Waldo Brewster
William Powell
as J.D. Hanley
George Dunn
as Mike, the Elevator Man
Harry Carter
as Elevator Operator
Robert Adler
as Cab Driver
Tudor Owen
as Mr. Otis
Emmett Vogan
as Man at Bridge
Abney Mott
as Secretary
Ralph Reid
as Jewelry Salesman
Ivan Triesault
as Captain of Waiters
Hope Landin
as Mrs. Salem
Tom Greenway
as Motorcycle Cop
Ruth Hall
as Model
Eve Finnell
as Stewardess
Benny Burt
as Reporter
Tom Martin
as Doorman
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Critic Reviews for How to Marry a Millionaire

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (4)

The stars save this 1953 entry, through fruitful collision if not smooth collaboration.

Aug 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.

Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

[A] feeble little comedy, which hardly needed a wide screen and which just about gets by on star power.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

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…

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.

Jun 4, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Fabulously cast and wickedly witty.

Aug 29, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for How to Marry a Millionaire

Monroe and Bacall are charming and charismatic as ever, but in an only occasionally amusing (yet outdated and rarely really funny) story about three women trying to catch a rich man to marry - a plot that, let's be honest, may not be everyone's idea of a good, fun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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Silly and unimaginative, but with a good cast, it's not a great movie but worth watching if you like the cast.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

I love old films, and this is no exception. Marilyn is pouty and ignorant as ever, Lauren Bacall sophistacted yet vulnerable, and Betty Grable just plain dim. It all works out for a great comedy.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Just a really fun movie with a great cast and 50s marriage storyline. Lauren Bacall and Marilyn Monroe are so good together and present some really funny moments. Their presence alone makes for a great time, but with witty dialogue and characters it's a classic. As far as romantic comedies are concerned, you can't find many others that are more fun.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

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