Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Lorelei Lee is a beautiful showgirl engaged to be married to the wealthy Gus Esmond, 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, Esmond Sr. hires Ernie Malone, a private detective, to follow her and report any questionable behavior that would disqualify her from the marriage.
GENTLMEN PREFER BLONDES is quite popular and somewhat humorous musical comedy. The protagonists are two entertainers traveling to France and experience a series of romantic complications related to the rich and stupid millionaires on one side and a determined and pretty-private detective on the other side. The film in a way making fun of stereotypes of ideal girlfriends and ideal husbands. Dumb blonde (she has a valid reason for her behavior) wants only the rich. Sarcastic and somewhat cynical brunette wants only pretty or handsome. All this is pretty well packed with a lot of laughter, song and dance. Otherwise I would have vomited. The director was able to get the best out of this story. One of the protagonists is a counterweight to the other protagonists. Completely different characters who support and love each other. I have a feeling that the men in this film are dumb. Women eventually receive exactly what they asked for. The film has a charm, abounds mostly caricatured characters, excellent dance lilting points and witty dialogues and relationships.Jane Russell as Dorothy Shaw and Marilyn Monroe as Lorelei Lee are completely different characters but both acting like a couple walking magnets. Just to look at them and in the second time you eat out of their hands. Marilyn Monroe as compared to Lorelei behaves quite frankly. The performance in ecstasy. I still say that she's a good actress. However, she seems to be too good in what is not always nice to see in the film. Jane Russell is a counterbalance, but not better, her character is even more provocative and unintelligible in certain situations. Both lack of character and charm.This is a fluffy comedy.
I tried to like this, since this movie shows that beautiful women have brains, too. But the songs rarely have anything to do with the scene, Russell looks better when facing the other way (someone should have shot her hairstylist), and Monroe sounds better when she's not talking.Marilyn Monroe plays a girl obsessed with one thing: finding a guy rich enough to shower her with diamonds, complacent enough to do anything she says, and dumb enough to lose every argument. She casts her lure at every guy she sees, even though she's already engaged to the guy she just described.Jane Russell plays a chaperone who's too busy getting into trouble to keep her charge out of it. Specifically, she's also engaged - in an exercise of futility - that of landing a beefcake who will stop exercising long enough to notice her. Eventually she does get her happily-ever-after in a poor guy willing to sacrifice his morals for her beauty.The only reason to watch this atrocity is to drool over Monroe and Russell in their prime.
Classic musical comedy directed by the great Howard Hawks and starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell. Marilyn's determined to marry a rich heir but his father has hired a private detective to prove the beautiful blonde's just after his money. Jane tries to protect Marilyn and keep her out of trouble while the two travel to Paris.Marilyn's pitch-perfect as the gold-digging Lorelei Lee. She played the 'dumb blonde' better than anybody in movie history. It's impossible not to like her, even when she's doing things you might not agree with. Jane's never been better than here playing Marilyn's sassy man-crazy best friend. Charles Coburn is the horny owner of a diamond mine. Child actor George Winslow steals every scene he's in. Tommy Noonan is fun as Marilyn's fiancé. Elliott Reid is the weakest part of the cast as the private detective who falls for Jane. He's just so stiff and corny that I couldn't see what a great dish like Jane Russell could see in him. He looks like a Fed.Lots of great lines and scenes. Possibly the best thing about the movie is just how gorgeous it looks. I'm not just talking about the leading ladies, who are both stunning. The Technicolor just pops off the screen. One of my favorite movies of all time. It'll make you smile from start to finish. Colorful, funny, sexy, with enjoyable performances and wonderful songs. Includes one of Marilyn's defining moments - "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend." An absolute must-see classic.
Jane Russell was the absolute perfect foil for Marilyn Monroe in this very funny 1953 film.The girls are off to Europe as Monroe tests the love of sheepish Tommy Noonan, whose aristocratic father sees Monroe only as a gold digger.Of course, Detective Eliot Reid, hired by Noonan's dad to spy on Lorelei falls for the Russell character instead.The musical numbers are so well staged. We're Poor Little Girls from Littlerock and of course Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend.Adding to the hilarity was Charles Coburn, as the elderly curmudgeon with romance on his mind. As Sir Francis Beekman, Coburn is a riot as he tries to avoid his wife played with lady like comic grace from Norma Varden, the future housekeeper in "The Sound of Music."