Synopsis: Three models of modest means rent an expensive Manhattan penthouse apartment and pose as women of wealth as part of an elaborate scheme to snare rich husbands.
Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Percy Helton, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall, William Powell, David Wayne
Directed by: Jean Negulesco
U.S. Rating: Not Rated

"How To Marry A Millionaire" is a typical 20th Century Fox comedy blockbuster of the 1950's. This movie is the very definition of a big, brassy and over-the-top Hollywood of days gone by, and it's all the more fabulous for it. The three leading ladies are wonderful - each providing something different from the other and all of them truly accomplished and talented comedy actresses.

Marilyn Monroe, for my money, steals the show hands down. She is absoloutley adorable in the film and she looks at her most beautiful, too. Many other beautiful women have drifted in and out of film over the years, but in "How To Marry A Millionaire" it should be obvious to anyone that Monroe is the most beautiful of them all, period. She is also puts in the kind of perfected comedy performance nobody else can. Betty Grable is wonderful, and just as hillarious and beautiful. Lauren Bacall leads the way and is pretty much flawless in her portrayal of the money-hunting ladies ring leader. The cinemaphotography is pure 1950's Hollywood and it looks pretty stunning, it has to be said. This was one of the first movies to use 20th Century Fox's Cinemascope format, which was baisically a 1950's version of today's Widescreen technique. With that there are a lack of close-up's. This is something nearly all other Cinemascope pictures fall victim to.

"How To Marry A Millionaire" is a very entertaining movie and a must see for fans of Monroe, Grable or Bacall. The script, although dated in places, holds up pretty well and even provides a rather poignant take on Sexual Politics in places. a true Hollywood gem that remains as sparkly and fabulous as it must have been almost 60 years ago.

I would rate this movie with a 4/5

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