Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
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Second-billed Marilyn Monroe is the blonde in question in this second film version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: Miss Lorelei Lee, whose philosophy is "diamonds are a girl's best friend." Together with her best human friend Dorothy (top-billed Jane Russell), showgirl Lorelei embarks upon a boat trip to Paris, where she intends to marry millionaire Gus Esmond (Tommy Noonan). En route, the girls are bedeviled by private detective Malone (Elliot Reid), hired by Esmond's father (Taylor Holmes) to make certain that Lorelei isn't just another gold-digger. When Dorothy falls in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For all the three-dimensional attractions of its two leading ladies, this is a rather flat cinemusical."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"If camp comedy capering (don't call it a social satire!) isn't your thing, it's worth the ticket to see Monroe's iconic and flawlessly choreographed performance of Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend (TM): a perfect four minutes of film."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Classic musical romp with dated premise is silly fun."
‑ Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
"there is not one single moment when these characters, or this rightful classic, wear out their welcome"
‑ Chris Cabin,
"Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell melt the screen as the two little girls from Little Rock seeking Mr Right (or at least Mr Right(TM)s bank account). It(TM)s enjoyable, escapist fluff, with a killer finale."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"You won't find a more elegant take on '50s va-va-voom vulgarity or a more joyous paean to the cheesecake self-empowerment of two little girls from Little Rock."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"A strong play to the sophisticated dialog and situations is given by Howard Hawks' direction and he maintains the racy air that brings the musical off excellently at a pace that helps cloak the fact that it's rather lightweight, but sexy, stuff."
‑ William Brogdon, Variety
"An unusually perfect marriage of star, scenario, dialogue, director, and music."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"If there's a single film that could shatter Laura Mulvey's theory of the "male gaze" it's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."
‑ Christian Blauvelt, Slant Magazine
"Those two faces are incredible in juxtaposition: Russell is worldly, amused, intensely in touch: Monroe is sublimely unfocused and beatific. A joy."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"There's more warmth in [Russell's] fondly bemused looks at Monroe, whose friendship is a front-row ticket to the best show in town."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"A landmark encounter in the battle of the sexes."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Howard Hawks' joyous musical comedy of 1953 is the film that catapulted Marilyn Monroe to major stardom and iconic status as sex symbol."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"When it sparkles, which it does more often than not, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is simply one of the most delicious musicals of the period."
‑ , Film4
"This 1953 Howard Hawks film, a lightweight but agreeable adaptation of Anita Loos‚(TM)s acid novel and play, is mainly notable for cementing Marilyn Monroe‚(TM)s public image of breathy, faux-innocent sexuality."
‑ David Gritten, Daily Telegraph
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