10,000 BC

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
"The Two M-M-Marvels Of Our Age In The Wonder Musical Of The World!"
Jane Russell Dorothy Shaw
Marilyn Monroe Lorelei Lee
Charles Coburn Sir Francis 'Piggy' Beekman
Elliott Reid Ernie Malone
Tommy Noonan Gus Esmond
George Winslow Henry Spofford III
Marcel Dalio Magistrate
Taylor Holmes Mr. Esmond Sr.
Norma Varden Lady Beekman
Howard Wendell Watson
Steven Geray Hotel Manager
Aladdin Musician (uncredited)
Bess Flowers Chez Louis Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Robert Fuller Bit (uncredited)
Chuck Hicks Boxer (uncredited)
Larry Kert (uncredited)
Matt Mattox Featured Dancer (uncredited)
Noel Neill Well-Wisher (uncredited)
Ron Nyman (uncredited)
Harry Seymour Louie, Captain of Waiters (uncredited)
Lee Theodore (uncredited)
Dick Wessel Bit Part (uncredited)
Producer: Sol C. Siegel
Writer: Charles Lederer,Joseph Fields
Talk to Me, Harry Winston, Tell Me All About It!
While it will never compete with the likes of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, GIGI, or MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, this 1953 confection is nonetheless a real charmer. Based on a popular Broadway show which was itself based on the famous novel by Anita Loos, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES tells the story of two cabaret performers--blonde bombshell Loreli Lee, who is determined to marry for money, and brunette beauty Dorothy Shaw, who prefers to marry for love. When Loreli's engagement to a millionaire's son goes awry, the two set sail for Europe, and comic complications ensue. The story is traditional fluff, pure and simple, and there is nothing in the least innovative or unexpected about the film as a whole--but it is all extremely, extremely well done.

The score is bright, including such tunes as the famous "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend"--and all the musical numbers are cleverly staged and filmed. The overall look of the film is also eye popping: the ladies are dressed to perfection and the color cinematography is truly joyous. The script is full of comfortable wit, director Hawks keeps it moving at a nice clip, and the cast includes such enjoyable performers as Charles Coburn, Tommy Noonan, Norma Varden, and George Winslow. But what really makes the film memorable are Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell, who simply sparkle with star quality and play their with roles in a twinkle-in-the-eye style.

Monroe and Russell have remarkable chemistry on screen, and although neither were really singers they each had enjoyable and very distinctive singing voices; their performances are so pleasantly amusing that you can't help but smile. Both also had a way with comedy, with Monroe offering her quintessential 'not so dumb blonde' and Russell matching her all the way as the wise-to-you brunette determined to keep Monroe out of trouble. And so well do they work together it is hard to pick a favorite between the two. Call it fluff, froth, foolish--but even jeweler Harry Winston couldn't refuse this good time, even at the risk of a diamond or two. Thoroughly enjoyable for any one still capable of a smile.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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Storage device:Divx 5
Imdb rating: 7.1
Running time: 91 min
Subtitles: Svenska
Audio tracks: Stereo [English]
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