Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) Review

Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell were just fantastic as the best friends travelling from America across to Paris. Lorelei (Monroe) and Dorothy (Russell) are just “Two Little Girls from Little Rock”, lounge singers on a transatlantic cruise… which is obviously going to be full of surprises and many amusing moments. Especially with the Olympic team on the same boat . . . and rich men who Lorelei is very much interested in.

It’s all about diamonds and rich men, for Lorelei at least Dorothy takes the opposite approach to her best friend. Dorothy would love Lorelei to not look at a man’s bank balance when making choices on who to date and ultimately marry. But in the end do the diamonds and money really matter? Well as Lorelei says the money helps like a pretty girl will help a man make a decision.

The classic song “Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend” –  “A kiss on the hand may be quite continental, But diamonds are a girl’s best friend. A kiss may be grand, but it won’t pay the rental on your humble flat. Or help you at the automat. Men grow cold as girls grow old, and we all lose our charm in the end.  But square-cut or pear-shaped, these rocks won’t lost their shape. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” That really is a show stopping moment with Marilyn Monroe dressed in a fantastic pink dress, and lots of diamonds around.

This movie is totally fantastic and really blew me away, when you remember what year it was from it makes it even better. As to have two very strong confident and in control women who know exactly what they want, and how to get it centre stage in a movie is just fantastic. They show you how you can really use your womanly charm to get what you want, I just loved so many of the one liners from both Monroe and Russell. They were just great. Especially this one Lorelei says to her fiance’s father “Don’t you know that a man being rich is like a girl being pretty? You wouldn’t marry a girl just because she’s pretty, but my goodness, doesn’t it help?” which eventually gets to show that her character is not as shallow as it is first made out. But the brilliance of this movie is that the women appear to be dumb and silly around the men and charm them to get what they want, but we are shown on many occasions that this is so far from the truth. They know exactly what they want and are not going to let anyone stand in the way of getting it.

I was very pleased to catch this so soon after my post about Marilyn Monroe as it just seemed a very good time to get to watch it. It is certainly a movie I would watch over and over, and even watch it sometime soon as well. Yes I am a musical geek, as I am sure I have mentioned on many occasions before. Having a musical with two very strong female character’s makes it all even more enjoyable to watch from my point of view. I really do like to see women being able to kind of control men to a certain degree, especially when the men think that they have these women under control. Basically both sides playing against each other makes great viewing.

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