Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in Retro Review

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in Retro Review

Marilyn Monroe''s stint as the world''s biggest film star may have only last for ten years, but in that short time she became an icon who continues to shine for the day. Though her prowess was not only her, she also became a fan of her movies, many of which were stone-cold masterpieces.

It is often one of the most popular films associated with Monroe, which was recently released 70 years ago.

In this retro review, we''re examining what it''s about, its most iconic moments, and the legacy it has today.

What is Gentlemen Prefer Blondes about?

The story of Anita Loos dates back to 1925 when she wrote the original novel that follows Lorelei Lee, a sweet young flapper (a fashionable, non-conformist woman in the 1920s) with designs on marrying a millionaire. Together with Dorothy Shaw, they travel across Europe and meet several potential suitors. The novel was first adapted for Broadway before making its way to the big screen in 1953.

Lorelei and Dorothy are now two showgirls who fly to Paris with a private investigator hired by Lorelei''s father. They are also courted by a wealthy, illogical old man and a gaggle of other admirers on their journeys.

The legacy of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

When it was released in 1953 starring Monroe and Jane Russell and directed by Howard Hawks, it became one of the most popular box office movies at the time, totaling $12 million, which in today''s terms would be $133.1 million (per the website in2013dollars.com (opens in new tab)). It is certainly fair to call it a hit with consumers.

The reaction of the critics of the time was more mute. Variety''s William Brogdon (opens in a new tab) called it "an attractive screen tinturner," while The New York Times'' Bosley Crowther (opens in a new tab) compared the story to a sinking ship, but said Monroe and Russell were able to rise above it all anyway.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes had no Oscar nomination. In fact, it was nominated for only a single award, the Best Written American Musical by the Writers Guild of America. However, the cultural impact of the film has only increased since its release.

The film has been part of the (opens in a new tab) book series, and today''s critics on Rotten Tomatoes (opens in a new tab) have rated the film at 98 percent "Certified Fresh," and it is cited on almost every list of Marilyn Monroe''s best movies.

Many modern films have made callbacks to, mainly one important scene...

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes most infamous moment: "Diamonds Are a Girl''s Best Friend"

The most enduring scene from the musical number "Diamonds Are a Girl''s Best Friend" sung by Marilyn Monroe. With Monroe dressed in a formal pink dress against an all-red backdrop and surrounded by a chorus line of men in suits, her character Lorelei performs a song that perfectly encapsulates her desire for wealth, sung in an incredibly sultry voice. Even if you have never heard this scene, you may recognize it:

Some of the reason you know it is because movies, television programs, and popular music have been doing homages to it for years. This includes Nicole Kidman''s memorable entrance in, Margot Robbie''s fun sequence in, Christina Aguilera in, Madonna''s "Material Girl" video, as well as renditions by Miss Piggy and in television shows like, and even Nickelodeon''s cartoon.

The number of people featured in the 2022 film about Monroe, directed by Ana de Armas, is unsurprised.

The Best Friend of a Girl "Diamonds Are" is ranked as the No. 12 in the American Film Institute''s 100 Years... 100 Songs list.

Does Gentlemen Prefer Blondes hold up?

So that''s the resume for, but is it still going to the test of time? Yes, we must say yes. If you''ve read WTW''s rankings of the finest movie musicals of all time, where we rank it No. 7.

As Lorelei and Dorothy draw out, Monroe and Jane Russell demonstrate a unique skill set, giving Monroe a smidgeon and a sharp bravado. There''s also more to enjoy visually than Monroe''s "Diamonds," as Russell features in "Ain''t There Anyone Who Who Is Here for Love."

Lorelei and Dorothy''s roles are equally impressive to this day, although they were initially written 100 years ago. Despite their commitment to husband-hunting, the two women are both first and foremost loyal to each other, unafraid to go after what they desire, and often outmarting their male suitors.

has earned the classic movie label and will not give it up anytime soon.

How to watch Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

As a result, you may judge yourself right now, as is available for purchase on many platforms, including Prime Video (opens in new tab), Google Play (opens in new tab), Apple TV (opens in new tab) and YouTube (opens in new tab).

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