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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (TCF 1953, Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell)

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes sees Fifties screen sirens Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell in made-to-order roles. A pair of gold-digging showgirls from the canebrake?a sassy, street-smart brunette and a sexy, naive blonde pursue potential husbands on an ocean cruise. Glossy, big-budget Hawks adaptation of the Broadway hit based on an Anita Loos story. Jule Styne’s songs include ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.’

Twentieth Century Fox proposed the 1953 version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes as a project for Betty Grable, but after seeing Marilyn Monroe in Niagara the studio backed the sex symbol.

production details
USA | Twentieth Century Fox | 91 minutes | 1953
Director: Howard Hawks
Script: Charles Lederer, Anita Loos, Joseph Fields,

cast
Arthur Tovey as Stagehand
Marilyn Monroe as Lorelei Lee
Noel Neill as Passenger (uncredited)
Charles Coburn as Sir Francis Beekman
Elliott Reid as Ernie Malone
Jane Russell as Dorothy Shaw
Tommy Noonan as Gus Esmond
George Winslow as Henry Spofford III
Marcel Dalio as Magistrate
Taylor Holmes as Mr. Esmond Sr.
Norma Varden as Lady Beekman
Howard Wendell as Watson
Steven Geray as Hotel Manager
Henri Letondal as Grotier (uncredited)
Bess Flowers as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Robert Fuller as Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Ralph Peters as Passport Official (uncredited)
Harold Miller as Restaurant Patron
Judy Landon as Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Ron Nyman as Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Monty O’Grady as Ship Passenger (uncredited)
Colin Kenny as Wedding Guest (uncredited)
George Chakiris as Chorus Boy

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