Rent Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

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1h 27min
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Synopsis:
Featuring Marilyn Monroe's legendary rendition of "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend", this fun musical comedy is a knockout. Marilyn and Jane Russell star as two showgirls who set sail on a luxury liner bound for France. Hijinks on the high seas ensue as Lorelei (Monroe) and Dorothy (Russell) discover they're being tailed by a private detective hired by the father of Lorelei's landlocked boyfriend. By the time the ship reaches Paris, a missing diamond tiara lands the girls in hot water, but by following their hearts, they'll get out of trouble and on to the altar.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Sol C. Siegel
Narrated By:
Don Wilson
Writers:
Charles Lederer, Joseph Fields, Anita Loos
Studio:
20th Century Fox
Genres:
Classics, Comedy, Music & Musicals, Romance
BBFC:
Release Date:
05/08/2002
Run Time:
87 minutes
Languages:
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles:
Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German Hard of Hearing, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
23/07/2012
Run Time:
87 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French DTS 5.1, German DTS 5.1, Italian Dolby Digital 1.0, Russian DTS 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English Close Captioned, Finnish, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
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Bonus:
  • Fox Movietonews: Marilyn and Jane in Cement
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • More Monroe Movie Trailers

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Upon which Monroe became a legend. - Gentlemen Prefer Blondes review by Steve Mason

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03/02/2021

Musical version of Anita Loos' durable 1925 novel via the Broadway stage updated from the jazz age to the hedonistic fifties. Marilyn Monroe is Lorelei Lee, Jane Russell plays Dorothy Shaw, two showgals from Little Rock, Arkansas. Lorelei is a gold-digger, Dorothy a sort of she-wolf, both travelling by liner to Paris with the boys from the USA olympics team, and an elderly gent (Charles Coburn) who owns a diamond mine. Predictable chaos ensues.

 Neither Monroe nor Russell was a dancer and they kind of wiggle and sway through the film in synchronicity, singing half a dozen pretty good musical numbers, including the legendary showstopper, Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend.

There's a very funny script by Charles Lederer heavy with innuendo, and Howard Hawks of course is a comedy great, but the film succeeds because of the performances of the two stars. They produce fascinating characterisations, particularly Monroe, playing a sort of distorted femininity.  Its look probably influenced the future of drag more than mainstream chic. 

 It's completely weightless, and its values are materialistic, mercenary and soulless. But it is hilarious, irreverent and unique. It's the film that made Monroe a major star and the original good time blonde that would be copied across the world. What she does, I'm not sure it's acting at all, or even sexy. But as far as the Hollywood comedy is concerned, she heralded the start of the consumerist fifties.

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