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Past Event Marilyn Monroe: A Look at the Legend – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) & How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) Image courtesy Photofest

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) 91 min. Directed by Howard Hawks. Starring Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid, Tommy Noonan

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is the story of two sassy lounge singers (Monroe and Russell) who they tantalize men from two continents in pursuit of potential husbands as they travel on an ocean cruise from New York to Paris. Monroe plays fortune hunter Lorelei Lee and sings the famous song ‘Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend.’

How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) 95 min. Directed by Jean Negulesco. Starring Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, David Wayne, Rory Calhoun

How to Marry a Millionaire is a comedy about three man-hunting New York City models that are tired of cheap men and a lack of money. The women pool their resources in an attempt to trap eligible bachelors but their plans go awry when two of them fall for men who appear to be poor. Trying to stop each other from marrying the wrong guy, Monroe, Grable and Bacall deliver the finest comedic performances of their careers.

Complete Series Schedule:

November 12, 2010

Don’t Bother to Knock(1952) 76 min. Directed by Roy Ward Baker

Niagara (1953) 92 min. Directed by Henry Hathaway


November 19, 2010

River of No Return(1954) 91 min. Directed by Otto Preminger


December 3, 2010

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes(1953) 91 min. Directed by Howard Hawks

How to Marry a Millionaire(1953) 95 min. Directed by Dir. Jean Negulesco


December 10, 2010

Some Like It Hot(1959) 120 min. Directed by Billy Wilder
Pittsburgh author and journalist Barry Paris will introduce the film.


December 17, 2010

The Misfits(1961) 124 min. Directed by John Huston

Additional Information

Programmed in conjunction with the exhibition Marilyn Monroe: Life as a Legend