Film Review of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: A Beautiful Blonde, a Brash Brunette, a Devious Detective, a Lascivious Lord, and a Tempting Tiara
Two beauties from Little Rock are unbeatable in their song-and-dance act in the United States of America and France. The beautiful blonde attracts men with brains and bucks while the brash brunette draws in the brawn. Will that be enough to protect the blonde from a dedicated detective, a furious father and a livid lady hell-bent upon destroying the beauty’s dreams of love and luxury in the movie “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”?
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a comedy of misadventure, misbehavior, and mischief.
Adventure becomes misadventure when a lascivious lord moves from chatting to dancing with and embracing a beautiful blonde. Behavior becomes misbehavior when said lord rewards good deeds with something which he has no intention of giving up. Responsibility becomes mischief when an investigator builds a case in a way which is misleading regarding his suspect’s activities and profitable for him.
The above-mentioned sequence of events forms part of the hilarious plot of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, written by Joseph Fields, Charles Lederer, and Anita Loos; produced by Sol C. Siegel; and directed by Howard Hawks. Cinematography, editing, and music were respectively by Robert Taylor; Hugh S. Fowler; and Hoagy Carmichael, Eliot Daniel, Lionel Newman, and Jule Styne.
The film is based upon the novel Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: The Illuminating Diary of a Professional Lady published by Anita Loos (1888-1981) in 1925. The novel was adapted for the stage in 1926 and 1949. It was adapted to film in 1928 as a silent movie and in 1953 as a musical comedy.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes lasts 90+ minutes. It was distributed by 20th Century Fox. It was released on July 18, 1953.
The movie begins with Lorelei Lee (played by Marilyn Monroe) and Dorothy Shaw (played by Jane Russell) performing “We’re Just Two Little Girls from Little Rock”. Lorelei is engaged to Gus Esmond (played by Tommy Noonan), who is in the audience. The two plan to get married.
But Gus’ father (played by Taylor Holmes) disapproves of Lorelei. He fears that Lorelei is feigning love to get at Gus’ money. Lorelei and Dorothy sail to Europe, in hopes that absence will give Gus the strength to stand up against his father.
Dorothy attracts the attention of the U.S. Olympic swim team and of Ernie Malone (played by Elliott Reid). Ernie is hired by Gus’ father to debunk Lorelei. He photographs Lorelei being squeezed by Sir Francis Beekman (played by Charles Coburn).
Lorelei temporarily gets the misleading photos. “Piggy” insincerely promises her his wife’s (played by Norma Varden) tiara. He steals it back after Lady Beekman charges Lorelei with theft.
Dorothy attends court in Lorelei’s stead. Ernie changes his mind about testifying. The judge drops all charges.
The movie ends with Gus’ father accepting Lorelei and with Lorelei and Gus and Dorothy and Ernie having a double wedding.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is an entertaining comedy with attractive costuming, compelling characters, energizing song-and-dances, and happy endings.
Copyright: Thursday, July 5, 2012 by Derdriu.