How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)




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In this comedy, Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable, and Marilyn Monroe play three models of modest means who rent an expensive Manhattan penthouse apartment and pose as women of wealth. It's all part of a scheme hatched by Bacall to snare rich husbands for herself and her roommates.
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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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
Percy Helton
as Benton
Maurice Marsac
as Antoine
Emmett Vogan
as Man at Bridge
Abney Mott
as Secretary
Ralph Reid
as Jewelry Salesman
Jan Arvan
as Tony
Dayton Lummis
as Justice
Van Des Autels
as Best Man
Eric Wilton
as Butler
Ivan Triesault
as Captain of Waiters
Herbert Deans
as Stewart
Hope Landin
as Mrs. Salem
Tom Greenway
as Motorcycle Cop
Ruth Hall
as Model
Lida Thomas
as Model
Eve Finnell
as Stewardess
Benny Burt
as Reporter
James F. Stone
as Doorman
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.

Full Review… | August 29, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A real standout among the other players is William Powell as the elderly Texas rancher who woos, wins and then gives up Bacall.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 4, 2015
Times (UK)

Fabulously cast and wickedly witty.

Full Review… | August 29, 2014
Radio Times

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

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