Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

  • Fox, 1953, Color, 91 minutes, ***½
  • Released July, 1953

Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell sizzle, sing and dance as a couple of gold diggers out to land rich husbands.

This Technicolor film fable follows the exploits of two gorgeous women aboard a luxury ocean liner. One (Marilyn) loves diamonds and the other (Russell) loves men. On the ship with them are an elderly diamond mine owner (Charles Coburn), a team of handsome and muscular Olympic athletes, a fascinating but very young millionaire (George Winslow) and a nasty private eye. Packed with 40 minutes of production numbers, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes includes the legendary title song and “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.” [from back of DVD case]

The Diamond Collection (Vol. 1) DVD Box Set (shown right) contains this film and Bus Stop, How to Marry a Millionaire, There’s No Business Like Show Business, The Seven Year Itch, The Final Days

Marilyn Monroe Special Anniversary Collection DVD Box Set (shown right) contains this film and Seven Year Itch, Niagara, River of No Return, Let’s Make Love and Marilyn: The Final Days.

Details

  • Produced by: Sol C. Siegel
  • Directed by: Howard Hawks
  • Assistant Director: Paul Helsnick
  • Screen Play by: Charles Lederer
  • Based on the Musical Comedy by Joseph Fields and Anita Loos
  • Music and Lyrics by: Jule Styne and Leo Robin
  • Presented on the Stage by Herman Levin and Oliver Smith
  • Music and Lyrics: “When Love Goes Wrong” and “Anyone Here for Love” by Hoagy Carmichael and Harold Adamson
  • Choreography by: Jack Cole
  • Music Direction: Lionel Newman
  • Vocal Direction: Eliot Daniel
  • Orchestration: Herbert Spencer, Earl Hagen, Bernard Mayers
  • Art Direction: Lyle Wheeler, Joseph C. Wright
  • Set Decorations: Claude Carpenter
  • Wardrobe Direction: Charles Le Maire
  • Costumes Designed by: Travilla
  • Makeup Artist: Ben Nye
  • Sound: E. Clayton Ward, Roger Heman
  • Director of Photography: Harry J. Wild
  • Special Photographic Effects: Ray Kellogg
  • Color by Technicolor
  • Technicolor Color Consultant: Leonard Doss
  • Film Editor: Hugh S. Fowler

Cast

  • Jane Russell [Dorothy]
  • Marilyn Monroe [Lorelei]
  • Charles Coburn [Sir Francis Beekman]
  • Elliott Reid [Malone]
  • Tommy Noonan [Gus Esmond]
  • George “Foghorn” Winslow [Henry Spofford III]
  • Marcel Dalio [Magistrate]
  • Taylor Holmes [Gus Esmond Sr.]
  • Norma Varden [Lady Beekman]
  • Howard Wendell [Watson]
  • Steven Geray [Hotel Manager]
  • Henri Letondal [Grotier]
  • Leo Mostovoy [Philippe]
  • Alex Frazer [Pritchard]
  • Harry Carey Jr. [Winslow]
  • George Davis [Cab Driver]
  • Alphonse Martell [Headwaiter]
  • James Moultrie
  • Freddie Moultrie [Boy Dancers]
  • Jean De Briac
  • George Dee
  • Peter Camlin [Gendarmes]
  • Jean Del Val [Ship’s Captain]
  • Ray Montgomery [Peters]
  • Alvy Moore [Anderson]
  • Robert Nichols [Evans]
  • Charles Tannen [Ed]
  • Jimmy Young [Stevens]
  • Charles de Ravenne [Purser]
  • John Close [Coach]
  • William Cabanne [Sims]
  • Philip Sylvestre [Steward]
  • Jack Chefe [Proprietor]
  • Alfred Paix [Pierre]
  • Max Willenz [Court Clerk]
  • Rolfe Sedan [Waiter]
  • Robert Foulk
  • Ralph Peters [Passport Officials]
  • Harry Seymour [Captain of Waiters]

Musical Program

  • [0:00] A Little Girl from Little Rock (opening sung and danced by Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell before titles)
  • [0:01] Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend (instrumental arrangement with short excerpt sung by Chorus behind titles)
  • [0:03] A Little Girl from Little Rock (continued by Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell after titles)
  • [0:13] Bye Bye Baby (sung by Jane Russell and Chorus, then sung by Marilyn Monroe to Tommy Noonan, joined by Chorus)
  • [0:21] Ain’t There Anyone Here for Love (sung by Jane Russell, danced by Russell and gymnasts)
  • [1:03] When Love Goes Wrong (Nothing Goes Right) (sung and danced by Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe and Chorus)
  • [1:08] Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend (sung by Marilyn Monroe, danced by Monroe and Chorus)
  • [1:21] Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend (sung and danced by Jane Russell)
  • [1:30] A Little Girl from Little Rock (excerpt sung by Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell)
  • [1:31] Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend (sung by Chorus)