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How To Marry a Millionaire
- Laurie Brown
This movie was superficial, frivolous and morally cynical, but an absolute blast to watch. It reminded me a lot of "Gentleman Prefer Blondes" from earlier that same year, the plot was fairly preposterous, many of the situations were ridiculous and the characters were cartoon-like, but it was all harmless and totally engaging. I love Lauren Bacall but am mostly familiar with her from her noir films with Humphrey Bogart, so it was a treat to see her in colour and in a comedic role. She was great as the devious mastermind with a plan to snare wealthy husbands, as were her feather brained accomplices, Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable. I thought director Jean Negulesco made great use of the CinemaScope process, even though it wasn't a sprawling epic that would lend itself to wide screen technology, he managed to pack every frame full of "stuff" and bright vibrant colour, even the most mundane of settings was a visual feast. Nice decision to open with an overture and present the orchestra in wide screen. Four and a half stars.
- kevin sellers
Don't have much to say about the movie. Loved the opening, though, with the Fox Symphony Orchestra (didn't realize that studios had such things, actually), under the direction of Alfred (without the E) Newman, playing an original Newman composition that sounded to my admittedly untutored ear pretty damn Gershwin-y. I mean, I've seen epic movies, like "Lawrence Of Arabia," with overtures at the beginning and all that, but I've never experienced an overture with the musicians and the conductor actually shown on screen. I guess it was thought up by producer/writer Nunnally Johnson and/or director Jean Negulesco so that 1950s audiences felt like they were at a Broadway musical. Whatever the intent, it was pretty darn cool and I'm kinda surprised it was not done again. Or, if it was, maybe someone in TCM land who's reading this can tell me about it.
How To Marry A Millionaire
- Michael Whitty
One of the first films in Cinemascope as we get the wide angle effect of Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, and Lauren Bacall trying to snare wealthy men for marriage from their New York apartment. They have their disappointments and while Lauren Bacall does get a wedding date with a rich Texan she is taken by an average looking guy who tells her how much money he has after they marry.....$20 million dollars. The other two end up with their average guys as there is something called LOVE at the heart of relationships. But CINEMASCOPE started growing after this picture and the screen got bigger vs. TV.
Introduction to stereo
I remember going to see this film and a kind of introduction to the new stereo sound. Being a young boy, I wasn't to interested in the film it's self but instead the sound.
A must see classic.
- John F. Rouse
From the opening "Street Scene" overture (originally featured in "I Wake Up Screaming" from 1941 starring Grable) -right until the ending this movie is still great to look at and features a terrific cast. Saw it first as a teenager in Birmingham, England and now own the DVD, Grable & Monroe genuinely funny-rest of cast all great. Too bad Betty wasn't allowed to do "Annie Get Your Gun" (1950) at MGM or "Hello Dolly" at Fox; her memories and talent exist nevertheless. Enjoy this; you won't be sorry.Hope TCM can acquire more Grable titles not shown too often from the Paramount years in the late 30s not forgetting the unshown Fox titles. Thankyou.
Grable at her best!
Funny, entertaining movie with a great, cast, headed by Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Bacall. In my opinion Grable steals the show!
Didn't know what to expect before finally saw the film.Totally enjoyed it,love to see again,anytime.
How to Marry a Millionaire
- Dashiell Barnes
A charming romantic comedy with terrific ensemble. Bacall, Hutton & Monroe are great & each gets their moments to shine. Oscar-nominated costumes are visual dazzle in an otherwise mediocre & unoriginal story. Fine acting & amazing gowns overshadow an overused film plot. I give it a 3/5.
Este filme super divertido e maravilhoso. Eu adoro o filme. Lauren Bacall e Marilyn esto fantsticas e adorveis neste filme. Um filme para se ver vrias vezes e com situaes hilariantes.
- Sherri Brown-Webster
LOVE ITLOVE ITLOVE IT
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
- Jay Higgins
A highly entertaining romantic comedy, extremely funny and well written. What a wonderful cast - Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, William Powell, Cornell Wilde...It's Monroe that steals the picture though. Great ending!
How to Marry a Millionaire
This movie is a classic example of how women can obsess about marrying rich. It also casts the famouse Marilin Minroe as one of those three women how start out looking to marrie a millionaire. The funny part is that they each end up marrying with there heart instead of there money objections. But the real kicker is that one of these women actually does marrie a millionaire without even knowing it. But you will have to watch it to know who marries who.