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Plot: Three women set out to find eligible millionaires to marry, but find true love in the process. Runtime: 95 mins Release Date: 20 Nov 1953
This movie is great. I don't care what people say about it, you can't deny that it is very entertaining! I really don't know what goes through peoples minds when they say Betty Grable wasn't good in this movie, or was too old for the part. I can't imagine the story without her to make it what it is. I personally thought she looked the same age as her co-stars, and not a bit older.Lauren Bacall was perfect for her role, and as always, so was Marilyn Monroe as another dumb blonde character. But I hate when most people think that just because she portrayed a ditzy girl, that <more>
it means she was like that in real life too - SHE WASN'T! Marilyn Monroe was an intelligent natural dark-brown haired brunette.Anyway, HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE is really good in my opinion, and anyone that is a Monroe, Bacall or Grable fan absolutely MUST see it! I personally am a HUGE Marilyn Monroe fan, and enjoyed this movie as much as her others.The storyline was great, and it had some very funny moments. I give this movie 9.5/10, losing a half-mark only because of the extreamly prolonged and unnecessary musical feature at the beginning, which makes you lose interest and want to fast forward 5 minutes worth of inactive classical music. An overall fabulous movie.
How to Marry a Millionaire is one of the brightest and wittiest comedies of the fifties and certainly quite an eyeful when you've got three leads of the caliber of Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, and Betty Grable.These three lovely girls, following the cue from Lauren Bacall, chip in and get a long term lease on a swank apartment where the owner has had to leave the country because of income tax problems. The post World War II years saw a lot of that happening. The idea is to set up a mantrap, put up a good front in the hopes of attracting men with wealth. And all three come up with men of <more>
all varieties.Betty unfortunately takes up with the already married, but not working at it too hard Fred Clark. His plans for a romantic getaway with her are spoiled by her coming down with an adult case of the measles and Grable catching sight of Forest Ranger Rory Calhoun. You will love the way the scheming Fred Clark gets nailed.Marilyn meets up with David Wayne, the guy whose apartment the women have taken over. In Marilyn fashion she gets on the wrong plane with Wayne, thinking it was Atlantic City instead of Kansas City.And Bacall the most determined of all to marry a millionaire. She has her choice between elderly sophisticated William Powell and earnest young Cameron Mitchell.The irony of this film is that all three women set out to trap a bankroll, yet all three fall for people themselves. No telling what fate has in store for you.How to Marry a Millionaire is the next to last film of William Powell and his first after leaving his long term contract at MGM. He's the picture of elegance and sophistication. Listening to every line from his mouth is a joy.Nunnally Johnson's screenplay and Jean Negulesco's direction make How to Marry a Millionaire one of the best films of the Fifties. Catch those lines referring to the celebrity husbands of Bacall and Grable.
Back in the early 50's, I was road manager for the Harry James band. As you know, Harry was married to Betty Grable. I also did special work for Betty outside of 20th Century Foxes eyes & ears. In February 1953, Buddy Rich, the great drummer joined the band and one evening, we had a small party for Buddy at the Hollywood Paladium where the band was working. Betty Grable & Marie Rich got to be friends and Betty invited Buddy & Marie to the studio where she was working on the movie, How to Marry a Millionaire. Harry & I picked up Buddy & Marie at the Beverly Hills Hotel <more>
and went to the studio. At the studio, we were all in Bacall's dressing room having coffee & danish and waiting for the queen, Miss Monroe to arrive. She had a habit of being late quiet a bit and keeping a lot of people waiting for her. Bacall, who is known for her salty language, gave her quite a verbal tongue lashing, but it just rolled off her back. When Betty passed away with cancer, I flew from my home in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. to Vegas for the funeral, then again for Harry's funeral.
Really Not How to Wed into Dough ...But Film Shines ***'/2 (by edwagreen)
Bette Grable, Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Bacall make quite a team in this 1953 fun film. Bacall is the leader of the girl pack whose quest is to get 3 rich guys. They take an expensive apartment along the way.Bacall has by far the best lines in the film. She comes off with her constant wisecracks and they are hilarious at best.Monroe is perfect as her usual dumb blond. Grable is literally Loco in this flick as well.The film reunites David Wayne and Rory Calhoun as two of the suitors. Both had appeared together a year earlier in the Jane Froman musical-drama biography of "With A Song in My <more>
Heart," with Susan Hayward.The ending is quite a pleasant surprise. Resigned to marrying a relative pauper, Bacall and the others are literally floored when a millionaire reveals himself instead.A fun film showing that money isn't necessarily everything.
The "Citizen Kane" of fluff . . . (by Holdjerhorses)
HTMAM is thoroughly grounded in Lauren Bacall's and William Powell's performances: utterly believable, utterly difficult to bring off with the genuine warmth and on screen chemistry they shared. You knew they weren't "right" for each other in terms of their characters , and your heart breaks a little when Powell says as much.Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable each play dumb-blonde variations -- just as MM was about to usurp BG's "queen of the lot" title at Fox this was Grable's second-to-last film .Who wins? Grable.Monroe is fine, of course. She always <more>
was. And always spectacular looking.Just never believable. Except in "Don't Bother to Knock," in which she convincingly plays a psychopathic babysitter, and two other "dumb-blonde" showgirl films, "The Prince and the Showgirl" and "Some Like it Hot." Did ANYBODY on screen ever talk like Monroe? Was ANYBODY ever that dense? No.Not that the actress herself was. She was actually quite smart and deeply vulnerable, and had an acute understanding of her "marketability" as a "body" and chose, quite consciously and early, to go with that.Until, later, she decided to attend the Actors' Studio and "refine" her skills -- by which time, it was too late. In "Bus Stop" and "The Misfits," she's simply incapable of her roles' demands, and self-consciously embarrassing in the attempt to stretch her shallow "sex-goddess" "female clown" persona.In HTMAM, as in "Seven Year Itch," and "Niagara," she's a caricature of a woman of that era: her phony baby-doll voice undercuts her excellent comedic timing and her not-very-polished physical comedy skills.Betty Grable, on the other hand, as "Loco" in HTMAM, is consistently, believably, attractively "dumb." As an actress, Grable doesn't make one false move. Nothing phony about her speech patterns, nothing forced about her physical presence. Just a realistic good-time gal out to try and snag a rich husband in spite of herself. Grable's "real." Monroe is "phony." Monroe always was.But it's Bacall who walks off with the picture.She could, and still can, as she approaches 80, play ANYTHING. Drama to comedy.She had more technique and understanding of film acting than Grable and Monroe put together.Her scenes with William Powell, another consummate film actor, are rich with comedy, feeling, tension, conflict and drama all at once.Bacall and Powell are, essentially, the two most believable characters and actors in HTMAM.They're the emotional glue who hold this delightful piece of fluff together.Bacall's casual glance at a reclining nude male statue at 15:30 is worth the price of admission.
Romantic comedy starring Lauren Bacall as a model who bluffs her way into a sublease of a swanky Manhattan apartment rooming with two model friends with each scheming to marry a millionaire. This is an entertaining but superficial chick-flick meditating whether a gal should marry for love or money, or if you can maybe get both. Along with The Robe this was the premiere event for CinemaScope, and it also provided a breathless introduction to stereophonic sound.As a romantic comedy it is imperfect, and it is ironically hampered by the very things that made it important in its original release. <more>
The grand images intended for magnificent CinemaScope will only appear smaller than normal on your small-screen television with horizontal black bars, or will be absurdly distorted to fit the aspect ratio of your monitor. And the stereo means nothing to us now, so the film's frequent side-trips into sound and scenery gimmicks are only a distraction to us now.But as a historical peek at its time this film really delivers. You get the tacky materialism and newly-found hedonism of the beginning of post-war prosperity in the early 1950's, as well as a nervous examination of the changing social mores around the role of women. Plus you get a wonderful record of what New York City looked like circa 1953, and a gee-whiz tribute to the new phenomenon of commercial air travel.
I rented this as a "Marilyn Movie". It really isn't. She's in it sure enough but Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable carry this movie. Marilyn is fine in her role, and many would say, myself included, a treat to see but her part is limited. Lauren Bacall is superb. She now has a new loyal fan. Betty Grable is wonderful as the "Dumb Blonde", in this one she does it better than Marilyn. She's also a lot more than just a great pair of legs. William Powell is also on the money as J.D. Hanley. This is a funny movie that even though clearly dated and a bit campy is a joy <more>
to see.Lauren Bacall heads up the cast with Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe as models hunting for a millionaire husband. One lucky girl does land one but they all end up winners.
Excellent, fun movie. Great costuming! (by sierrasp)
I love the costuming choices. Bacall is just divine and Grable looks wonderful. The fashions of the 50s have not been replicated in stylishness. The plot is humorous, but seems to be more of a vehicle for showcasing Bacall, Grable and Monroe.
A Witty Comedy Marilyn Monroe Rocks! (by mathhater4life)
When I first saw "How To Marry a Millionaire" it was about three o'clock in the morning and I was very depressed about something going on in my personal life. But only a few minutes into the movie after the LONG overture I was laughing and completely losing myself in this HILARIOUS comedy, starring the delicious Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and Lauren BaCall. Marilyn and her two talented co-stars play single girls trying to work it and nab some wealthy husbands. The leader of the group BaCall rents an upscale apartment in a posh area of New York City, she invites her good <more>
friends Monroe and Grable to move in on the plan. I don't want to spoil it, but after some trials and moments of truth they all come to realize that its not how much money a man has, its his character that counts. Comedy thats witty and another wonderful Marilyn flick. I loved it! My score: 8