How To Marry a Millionaire (1953)

Jean Negulesco directs Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable in this romantic comedy where three fashion models go for broke and give themselves a year to each snag a man of exclusive means.

Opulent fluff in then revolutionary CinemaScope and Technicolor. Monroe and Grable go for laughs with broad characters that suit their personas. This is Bacall’s movie though. She’s marvellous as the mastermind too shrewd for her own good. The men don’t really deserve these stunners, only old hand William Powell can keep pace with them on screen, but that’s part of the joke. When we get off of the obvious soundstage sets there are wonderful Joseph MacDonald shots of Post-War Manhattan.


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