Film Review of How to Marry a Millionaire: An Amiable Blonde, a Go-getter Brunette, and a Myopic Beauty in The Game of Millionaires
Three beauties fearlessly move in when a luxury apartment becomes available in a pricey New York high-rise. But their plans for millionaire husband-catching proceed less smoothly. Will the three beauties hold out for love even if loveless luxury offers itself in the movie “How to Marry a Millionaire”?
How to Marry a Millionaire is a romantic comedy of mismanaged finances, mistaken identities, and misunderstood intentions.
Internal Revenue Service woes cause a businessman to let his apartment to husband-hunting models. No tie is the excuse given by one model for rejecting a bachelor’s advances. Misunderstanding word meaning is the motive for the second accompanying a married man to Maine. Not wearing glasses is the reason why the third dates a speculator whom she cannot see, in How to Marry a Millionaire, written by Zoe Akins, Katherine Albert, Dale Eunson, and Nunnally Johnson; produced by Nunnally Johnson; and directed by Jean Negulesco. Cinematography, editing, and music were respectively by Joseph MacDonald; Louis R. Loeffler; and Cyril J. Mockridge and Alfred Newman.
The film is based upon the plays The Greeks Had a Word for It by Zoe Akins (1886-1958) and Loco by Dale Eunson (1904-2002) and Katherine Albert (1901-1970). It lasts 90+ minutes. It was released by 20th Century Fox on November 5, 1953.
The movie begins with Schatze Page (played by Lauren Bacall) finalizing a $1,000-per-month lease. The apartment belongs to an income tax defaulter. Acquaintances Pola Debevoise (played by Marilyn Monroe) and Loco Dempsey (played by Betty Grable) join Schatze.
Schatze divorces a gas pump jockey. She plans to marry a millionaire. She suggests that a millionaire’s apartment attracts millionaires.
Loco cannot pay for food. Tom Brookman (played by Cameron Mitchell) is at the meat department and pays. He likes Schatze, who considers him another gas pump jockey.
Loco cannot pay for mink. Widower J.D. Hanley (played by William Powell) covers for Loco. He likes Schatze and invites everyone out. Loco meets married Waldo Brewster (played by Fred Clark). Pola meets one-eyed Stewart Merrill (played by Alex D’Arcy).
Loco accompanies Waldo to Maine. She becomes angry upon learning that a lodge is a private get-away, not an Elks building. She contracts measles, which Waldo catches. During Waldo’s recuperation, Loco dates forest ranger Eben (played by Rory Calhoun).
Loco comes back with husband Eben. She finds Schatze about to marry J.D. and Pola married to Freddie Denmark (played by David Wayne) after an unexpected flight to Kansas City. Freddie owns Schatze’s apartment.
The movie ends with Schatze marrying Tom. She laughs at Tom estimating his worth at $200 million. Tom uses a wad of bills to buy everyone burgers.
How to Marry a Millionaire is a movie which appeals to viewers seeking conflicting personalities, dramatically ironic situations, vintage costumes, and witty conversations.
Copyright: Thursday, July 5, 2012 by Derdriu.