Last week I was saddened to learn of the death of one of Hollywood's most lovely and talented stars, Lauren Bacall. In honor of her long and illustrious career I have chosen one of her most memorable films as this week's Monday Movie. -- Jasmine
How To Marry A Millionaire
Marilyn Monroe ■ Betty Grable ■ Lauren Bacall
Three New York models, Shatze, Pola and Loco set-up in an exclusive appartment with a plan: tired of cheap men and a lack of money they intend to use all their talents to trap and marry three millionaires. The trouble is that's it's not so easy to tell the rich men from the huxters and even when they can, is the money really worth it?
You know, the funny thing is that this movie has Marilyn Monroe on all of the covers ,and yet, for me, this is a Lauren Bacall movie, which is why I like it so much.
As I'm sure you've guessed long by now, I love classic movies. The first time I picked this movie up to check it out I did so for two reasons, classic movie and Bacall.
At that that time I hadn't seen any Marilyn Monroe movies and wasn't sure I really wanted to. How To Marry A Millionaire changed my mind about that.
This movie is full of the fluffy romantic comedy that 1950's Hollywood did so well. There is pretty much nothing serious about it at all. Did you ever think that 3 gold-diggers could be hilarious? And wait until you see Betty Grable's lecturing a married man about taking her for a weekend at his lodge.
Another fun thing about this movie is the costumes. Edith Head was a master at dressing Hollywood starlets and did so for 50 years. You can't beat the 1953 fashions in all of their bright colors, tiny waists, bell shaped skirts, and just look at Schatze's (Bacall) huge sleeves in one scene.
Frills, fluff, comedy, and romance make this movie a must watch for fans of classic chick films. Perfect for curling up in your jammies and watching with a few girlfriends, an understanding husband, or just by yourself when you wanna relax with a totally uncomplicated movie.
Betty Grable ... Loco Dempsey
Marilyn Monroe ... Pola Debevoise
Lauren Bacall ... Schatze Page
David Wayne ... Freddie Denmark
Rory Calhoun ... Eben
Cameron Mitchell ... Tom Brookman
Alexander D'Arcy ... J. Stewart Merrill (as Alex D'Arcy)
Fred Clark ... Waldo Brewster
William Powell ... J.D. Hanley
36 Sutton Place South, Sutton Place, Manhattan, New York City, NY, USA (the girls' apartment)
Sun Valley, Idaho, USA
George Washington Bridge, Manhattan, New York City, NY, USA
Hudson River, New York, USA
Rockefeller Center, Manhattan, New York City, NY, USA
Stage 14, 20th Century Fox Studios - 10201 Pico Blvd., Century City, Los Angeles, CA, USA (studio)
Schatze Page: Most women use more brains picking a horse in the third at Belmont than they do picking a husband.
Pola Debevoise: I want to marry Rockefeller.
Schatze Page: Which one?
Pola Debevoise: I don't care.
Schatze Page: You wanna catch a mouse, you set a mouse trap. All right so we set a bear trap. Now all we gotta do, is one of us has got to catch a bear.
Loco Dempsey: You mean marry him?
Schatze Page: If you don't marry him, you haven't caught him, he's caught you.
[Referring to older men marrying young women]
Schatze Page: Look at Roosevelt, look at Churchill, look at that old fella what's his name in The African Queen.
Loco Dempsey: You got radio all the way up here?
Eben: Oh, sure. Radio, houses, everything.
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