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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Rated NR 91 minutes 1953

Howard Hawks's grand, brassy 1953 musical about two girls from Little Rock—Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell—gone gold digging in Paris. The male sex is represented by a bespectacled nerd (Tommy Noonan), a dirty old man (Charles Coburn), and a 12-year-old voyeur (the unforgettable George "Foghorn" Winslow), all of whom deserve what they get. The opening shot—Russell and Monroe in sequins standing against a screaming red drape—is enough to knock you out of your seat, and the audacity barely lets up from there, as Russell romances the entire U.S. Olympic team to the tune of "Ain't There Anyone Here for Love?" and Hawks keeps topping perversity with perversity. A landmark encounter in the battle of the sexes.

Film Credits

Director: Howard Hawks

Writer: Joseph Fields, Anita Loos and Charles Lederer

Producer: Sol C. Siegel

Cast: Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn, Elliot Reid, Tommy Noonan, George Winslow, Marcel Dalio, Taylor Holmes, Norma Varden, Howard Wendell, Steven Geray, Henri Letondal, Alex Frazer, Harry Carey Jr., George Davis, Alphonse Martell, Robert Nichols, Charles Tannen, Robert Foulk and Harry Seymour

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