How to Marry a Millionaire

1953

How to Marry a Millionaire

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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 (5)

  • 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…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • 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 Staff

    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…

    Adrian Turner

    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…
  • Fabulously cast and wickedly witty.

    Aug 29, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | 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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