…but gentlemen marry brunettes.
While preparing an upcoming DIY bracelet tutorial, I watched “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and I’m going to give a short review of the movie before posting the tutorial (yeah, I know, my Marilyn obsession strikes once again…).
“You DID say diamonds! – I can tell!”
The movie is based on a novel and play by Anita Loos, which was so successful it was made a Broadway play, a silent movie and a musical and ran for 740 performances during the 1949-1951 season before the movie was made in 1953.
Thinking of the movie, most people will remember the famous scene in which Monroe performs “Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend”. For me it was only one of many highlights in the movie. The dialogues and character sketches are hilarious as well as Dorothy’s (Jane Russell) constant sarcasm.
“I want you to find happiness and stop having fun. “
Monroe stars as Lorelei Lee, a blonde rather simple-minded bombshell who thinks of nothing else than “how to marry a millionaire”. The dumb blonde – A role and image Monroe never got rid of, a role she despised but mastered perfectly in almost all her movies.
“Dorothy, please, a lady never admits her feet hurt.”
Jane Russell, as Dorothy Shaw, plays the more rational and responsible of the two. Although she is a great actress, she is outshined by the graceful yet cute Monroe/Lorelei.
“Say, they told me you were stupid! You don’t sound stupid to me!”
– “I can be smart when it’s important. But most men don’t like it.”
To cut a long story short, the movie doesn’t take itself seriously, so you shouldn’t either. If you’re looking for some intense and profound story, you will be disappointed. But for everyone that just wants to enjoy themselves with light entertainment it’s the perfect choice.