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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: April 20 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W089XS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,590 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie on April 9 2004
Format: DVD
This as definatly a feel good movie. A sweet romantic comedy (leaning heavly on comedy) about three models who take up a expensive penthouse in New York hoping to catch themselves some millionairs. Schatze Page (Lauren Bacall)is a woman who is through with marrying poor men, or as she calls them "gas pump jockeys" for the simple reason that poor men have broken her heart. She's the brains of the bunch. Bacall is wonderfull in this film. Pola Debevoise (Marlyn Monroe) is the blonde, and blind, one who is really just going along with what shounds like a good idea. In this role Monroe pulls off a stunning performance, marked by her sweetness and child-like inocence, as well as many commedic scenes. She is somewhat sill (she beleives that her glasses make her unatractive) but warm-hearted.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 9009983@surfer.uni-wuppertal.de on July 6 2000
Format: VHS Tape
what a shame for twentieth century fox! film historically seen this movie was the second made in cinemascope and also done with stereo sound! But there is nothing of it on the tape! Mono-sounded and only 50 % of the original picture. And often enough the picture was anamorphically pressed, specially in the beginning, when Alfred Newman conducted the Twentieth Century-Fox orchestra, only to get the entire orchestra on the 50% TV picture they have "pressed" the original 100% film picture to fit the TV screen- what a disturbing effect! No star at all for such a film-video transfer. What a pitty that you can' t get a laserdisc copy which was available in the correct format 1:2.66 and in the wonderful stereo sound. 20th Century Fox has to do something about that poor quality when considering a "Marilyn Monroe Collection" on DVD!
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This movie is half a century old and followed The Robe as the second Cinemascope feature. It's visually beautiful in the DVD widescreen version, evoking the thrill of first seeing Cinemascope in 1953 (which I'm old enough to remember). Though the story and humor are extremely dated and so many of its stars are now dead, the photography and sound are both so breathtakingly clear and beautiful, it makes one realize how advanced the technical side of filmmaking was that long ago. It's amazing how cinematographers of that day were able to adapt so quickly to the much wider screen and take full advantage of its sweep even during scenes filmed in close quarters, such as those on the airliner (which was a propeller plane, by the way). It's true that Lauren Bacall, though lovely in the film, looks much older than the "25" she's supposed to be. (I saw Ms. Bacall in person pitching her bio at a bookstore 45 years later and she looked un-surgically young and beautiful, so go figure.) While the movie is not great in terms of content or performances, it's worthwhile because it's a beautifully restored piece of movie history that recaptures a more innocent (?) age and preserves an important part of the Monroe legend.
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Format: VHS Tape
Set mostly in the urban jungle of New York, How To Marry A Millionaire was Marilyn Monroe's 20th film, and despite her sharing starring roles with veterans Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable, she evolved more compared to her previous hit, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
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.
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By Angel on Aug. 11 2003
Format: DVD
Great actresses... Great plot idea... So what went wrong?
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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