GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1953): The Things I Liked…

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Elliott Reid, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe, Elliott Reid, Twentieth Century Fox

Watching movies that were made long before the 90s and 80s isn’t something I do very often. Yet, recently I came across film footage of Hollywood icons Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe. Two ladies who were looking incredibly stunning while walking together.

A few Google searches later, and there I was watching director Howard Hawks’s 1953 comedy/musical classic, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. A fun movie in which Monroe and Russell play two showgirls named Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw. The ladies are two best friends who happen to be stunning. So stunning in fact that I would have fit right in among the admires Lorelei and Dorothy attracted everywhere they went in Hawks’s film. Fans including a private detective hired by the suspicious father of Lorelei’s fiancé, and a rich, enamoured old man, among many others.

I see Gentlemen Prefer Blondes as a movie that fits into the ‘perfectly pleasant, easy viewing’ category. There’s some mild to moderately amusing humour, the story moves along at a good pace, and visually, there’s much to enjoy; whether you’re taking in the production design or the very beautifully created costumes by Travilla.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Twentieth Century Fox
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Jane Russell, Twentieth Century Fox

As someone who’s near enough always been aware of Monroe’s iconic status, it wasn’t until this movie that I finally understood. To put it in no uncertain terms, the lady is so incredibly magnetic, that I have to wonder whether a camera has ever loved a person more. Travilla’s costumes, Ben Nye’s makeup and the skills of those in charge of hair certainly helped, but of course, there’s a lot more to that special magnetism than the beautiful shell.

My favourite thing about Gentlemen Prefer Blondes? Two things. Firstly, the touching friendship between Lorelei and Dorothy. Secondly, all the stunning fashion! Watch it for the fashion. The story is pleasant enough – but THE FASHION!

One more thing. Here’s the link to the film footage that got me here – in case you’re curious. You see?

Happy Film Loving

G

5 thoughts on “GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1953): The Things I Liked…”

  1. One of my favorites! I was obsessed with her in high school and I’m kind of having a Monroe moment again right now 🙂

    It will be interesting to see the new Ana de Armas movie- though I heard rumors its being held until next year now 😦 I think that magnetism and spark with the camera loving her you mentioned can’t be recreated and I’m torn on Ana it’s like one moment I’m thinking no she’s all wrong to play Marilyn and next I’m like… she may come closest. Anyway I can’t wait to see it!

    1. Glad you’re getting to enjoy the second wave of your Monroe moment! 😁

      It’ll be interesting to see what Ana does. I guess we’ll know for sure how good it is when it’s done. Since the credit on IMDb refer’s to Ana’s character as Norma Jeane, I wonder how much of the movie will cover the period before Norma Jeane became Marilyn Monroe.

      I still haven’t seen the movie where Michelle Williams plays Monroe. One day soon, hopefully.

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