Wednesday, December 8, 2010

#289: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Directed by: HOWARD HAWKS
1953, TSPDT Rank #632

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is another example of Howard Hawks' ability to master any genre he put his hand. Here he has a really good musical comedy, which is fast-paced and entertaining, and stars Marilyn Monroe in a stunning role that is one of her most famous. Jane Russell is her dancing partner and friend, but a brunette, and also her complete opposite (doesn't care for rich men, diamonds, etc.). To paraphrase the Dude, there are a lot of ins and outs in this movie, but ultimately we find that the moral is that diamonds are a girl's best friend. But maybe just if that girl happens to be blonde. The movie is now quite dated and campy, but it's a lot of fun to watch, very enjoyable. For a great double feature, watch Scarface and then Gentlemen Prefer Blondes to get an idea of Howards Hawks' incredible range as a director.

(Rating: 7/10)

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