USA | 1953 | 91 minutes | PG
Singers Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the disapproving father of Lorelei’s fiancé to keep an eye on her, as well as a rich, enamored old man and many other doting admirers.
Director: Howard Hawks
Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, and Charles Coburn
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The musical comedy that made Marilyn Monroe an icon!
Legends Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell are magnetic in this wildly entertaining Technicolor musical. Howard Hawks adapts the material based on the satirical novel by Anita Loos, about the friendship between showgirls Lorelei Lee (Monroe, in an inspired dumb blonde routine) and savvy Dorothy Shaw (Russell) on a cruise liner to Paris, where unabashed gold-digger Lorelei plans to marry a dorky but wealthy heir. Together they navigate the shark infested waters of the dating pool and handle the private detective on board hoping to expose Lorelei’s true motives.
Madonna’s Material Girl famously paid tribute to Monroe’s sultry rendition of “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” but there are plenty of other terrific musical numbers—like the setpiece “Ain’t There Anyone Here for Love,” in which Russell is flanked by an entire male Olympic team—and scene after scene of unforgettable costumes by Travilla. Ahead of the September debut of Blonde (the biopic where Ana de Armas transforms herself into the siren), see the comedy that cemented Marilyn Monroe as an icon and you’ll also understand why Kim Kardashian wanted to wear That Dress to the Met Gala. – NATHALIE ATKINSON
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