How to Marry a Millionaire
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

In this comedy, Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable, and Marilyn Monroe play three models of modest means who rent an expensive Manhattan penthouse apartment and pose as women of wealth. It's all part of a scheme hatched by Bacall to snare rich… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: January 1, 1953
DVD Release Date: May 28, 2001
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The stars save this 1953 entry, through fruitful collision if not smooth collaboration.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The substance is still insufficient for the vast spread of screen which CinemaScope throws across the front of the theatre, and the impression it leaves is that of nonsense from a few people in a great big hall.

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TV Guide

The CinemaScope process was well used here, with panoramic shots of Manhattan accompanied by Newman's entire orchestra performing his composition Street Scene in prolog and epilog shots.

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Variety Staff

A real standout among the other players is William Powell as the elderly Texas rancher who woos, wins and then gives up Bacall.

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)

In How to Marry a Millionaire, directed by John Negulesco, there is the triple delight of Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall in one movie -- and one apartment.

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Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media

Classic Hollywood legends sparkle; premise doesn't hold up.

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Adrian Turner
Time Out

[A] feeble little comedy, which hardly needed a wide screen and which just about gets by on star power.

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

Fabulously cast and wickedly witty.

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Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central

Despite some good work from Bacall and Monroe, this comedy ends up feeling flat. How many people want to watch a movie with a bunch of selfish women who want to find a rich husband so they don't ever have to work again? Yeah, I didn't think so.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Monroe and Bacall are charming and charismatic as ever, but in an only occasionally amusing (yet outdated and rarely really funny) story about three women… More
Conner Rainwater
Just a really fun movie with a great cast and 50s marriage storyline. Lauren Bacall and Marilyn Monroe are so good together and present some really funny… More
Aj V
Silly and unimaginative, but with a good cast, it's not a great movie but worth watching if you like the cast.
Jennifer D
As comedies go, it was okay. A little slow in pacing and a few funny moments.
Spencer S.
I love old films, and this is no exception. Marilyn is pouty and ignorant as ever, Lauren Bacall sophistacted yet vulnerable, and Betty Grable just plain dim.… More
Jennifer Xu
It's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, without the riotous good fun and the singing. In place of the frivolity lies something a little more sinister - a… More