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How to Marry a Millionaire
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Nunnally Johnson's Broadway comedy was brought to the big screen by director Jean Negulesco, built around a trio of female stars, Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, and Betty Grable. They play friends who come up with a plan to find and marry rich men. They rent a lavish penthouse and use it as their launching pad to lure men with money in the bank. But each eventually finds that love is more important that material possessions, though it takes a while. One running joke has Monroe so insecure about her looks that she refuses to wear glasses, though this means she bumps into furniture and walls. The other has Bacall rejecting suitor Cameron Mitchell because he doesn't wear a tie, assuming this means he's low-class when, in fact, he's the Donald Trump of 1954. Pre-feminist comedy captures the mindset of an era in which women's identities were based on the men they married. It has its moments, but much of the humor seems dated, though its take on sexual politics is occasionally acute. --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Loco Dempsey (Betty Grable)is a girl who has an appetite..... for food. She is nice, somewhat dumb but a good person. Her performance is good, but not as outstaning as Monroe's.
Overall this is a really sweet movie with alot of substance.
Schotzie Page (Bacall), Pola Debevoise (Monroe), and Loco Dempsey (Grable) are three models who live in an expensive penthouse apartment. Their master plan, engineered by Schotzie, is to snag classy-looking people who wear neckties and to get nobody under six figures a year. The apartment is to keep up appearances. Appearances? Within three months, DISappearances is what happens, especially to the furniture.
The men they meet are a mixed bag. Tom Brookman likes Schotzie, but with the way he dresses, which isn't that bad, she thinks he's a common gas pump jockey. J.D. Handley is a middle-aged widowed Texan millionaire who's charming and polite in a smooth but humble way. Schotzie falls for him. Waldo Brewster is an uptight square who's married and complains about his family, but that doesn't stop him from snagging Loco. The two deserve each other, as he bellyaches while she whines. Pola ends up with J. Stewart Merrill, who's quite the fashion victim with that jewelled eyepatch of his.
The fashion show segment is a highlight, seeing the fashions of the 1950's. Of the three, Pola's red outfit is striking. And of the dreams the three have, Loco's is the funniest compared to the other two's.
As for the women trio, Lauren Bacall (Schotzie), Marilyn Monroe (Pola), and Betty Grable (Loco) do well, though Bacall is the character we see struggling to overcome her pride and thus the most interesting one.Read more ›
I was certain I would love this movie but I felt very disappointed after watching it. It was very predictable but that wouldn't truly destroy a light-hearted movie like this. Although gags such as Marilyn Monroe's character's refusal to wear her glasses in public were entertaining, overall the movie wasn't very funny, even in comparison to other movies of its time.
The movie starts off at a moderate pace as the women decide to catch a millionare. Then the movie speeds through the chase. You see very little relationship development. What really destroyed it was the sudden, abrupt ending. The distribution of screen time was uneven; Two of the girls suddenly show up married at the end of the movie without much leading up to their ultimate decisions while Lauren Bacall's character is seen during all her decisionmaking.
The movie, all in all, is cute. The actresses still give a great performance (although I found Betty Grable's character somewhat irritating) despite the script's flaws. It is a light-hearted movie that will make you smile when you are not in the mood for a drama or in-depth plot. Bottom line: Just rent this movie, or better yet check it out from your local library if possible.
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if the price is right, get it. good clean romantic comedy with emphasis on comedy.Published 1 month ago by arioch
Great movie! The Blu-ray version is great. Marilyn was fabulous in this movie. It's great seeing Bacall take to comedy so well.Published 20 months ago by Cattieluver
I first say the movie years ago and the ladies in this movie are true stars!
If you like classic movies with real leading ladies, this is a great pick
This has been one of my favourite movies. All wonderful actresses playing the three leading ladies. Good actors as well. I enjoy the time frame of this movie too.Published on Oct. 23 2013 by kim locken
Just received my latest dvd order from Amazon today. How to Marry a Millionaire was one of the movies. My wife and I watched it this evening and it is an outstanding transfer. Read morePublished on Oct. 15 2007 by terry kelly
"How To Marry A Millionaire" is a comedy story of 3 girls living in a penthouse searching for meeting and marrying wealthy millionaires.The movie is alot of fun. Read morePublished on May 2 2004
This is a magnificent movie. It is artful, filled with humor and it's just good clean fun. It is an excellent choice for parents who have girls--like mine--who idealize Marylin... Read morePublished on Dec 21 2003 by Cat in the Hat