Comedy Film Festival 2012

“Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”

Marilyn Monroe in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (20th Century Fox, 1953)

Marilyn Monroe in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (20th Century Fox, 1953)

“Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (20th Century Fox, 1953). Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe sizzle in this musical farce about two showgirls looking for love. While Dorothy Shaw (Russell) wants to fall in love with a nice, decent guy, Lorelei Lee (Monroe) is mostly interested in finding a dude that’s rich (hence the “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” number). Lorelei’s fiancé Gus (played by Tommy Noonan) is, understandably, unsure about Lorelei’s motives, as is Gus’ father, who hires a spy to follow the girls on a trip to Paris. Transcontinental craziness ensues, along with some classic musical numbers (particularly Monroe’s iconic “Diamonds” set piece) and some big laughs. Written by Charles Lederer. Based on the Broadway musical by Joseph Fields and Anita Loos. Directed by Howard Hawks. “It’s just as easy to fall in love with a rich man as a poor man…”