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How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 20 November 1953 (USA)
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Three women set out to find eligible millionaires to marry, but find true love in the process.

Director:

Jean Negulesco

Writers:

Nunnally Johnson (screen play), Zoe Akins (plays) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Betty Grable ... Loco Dempsey
Marilyn Monroe ... Pola Debevoise
Lauren Bacall ... Schatze Page
David Wayne ... Freddie Denmark
Rory Calhoun ... Eben Salem
Cameron Mitchell ... Tom Brookman
Alexander D'Arcy ... J. Stewart Merrill (as Alex D'Arcy)
Fred Clark ... Waldo Brewster
William Powell ... J.D. Hanley
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Storyline

Three New York models, Shatze, Pola and Loco set up in an exclusive apartment with a plan....tired of cheap men and a lack of money, they intend to use all their talents to trap and marry three millionaires. The trouble is that it's not so easy to tell the rich men from the hucksters - and even when they can, is the money really worth it? Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

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English | French | Latin | Arabic

Release Date:

20 November 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wie angelt man sich einen Millionär See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,870,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (1959 Reissue) (Western Electric Recording) (Stereo)| Stereo (1959 Reissue) (Stereo)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.66 : 1
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Trivia

Nunnally Johnson took notice of Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable's generosity towards Marilyn Monroe: "The two Bettys have gone out of their way to help, and make friends with Marilyn, but Miss Monroe is generally something of a zombie. Talking to her is like talking to somebody underwater. She's very honest and ambitious and is either studying her lines or her face during all of her working hours, and there is nothing whatever to be said against her, but she's not material for warm friendship." See more »

Goofs

The fur wrap that Pola picks up from the bed at the wedding party and drops on the floor is back on to the bed while she and Schatzie are talking. See more »

Quotes

Loco Dempsey: I'll say this for him: we haven't ordered anything yet under five dollars a portion!
Pola Debevoise: If there's anything left over don't forget to tell the waiter you want to take it home for the dog.
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Remade as How to Marry a Millionaire (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

New York
(1953) (uncredited)
Music by Lionel Newman
Lyrics by Ken Darby
Sung by chorus during the opening credits and played in the score
Conducted by Alfred Newman onscreen at the end
Performed by The Twentieth Century-Fox Symphony Orchestra
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What a wonderfully, delightful movie!
27 April 2005 | by praxagoraSee all my reviews

I just had a wonderful opportunity to catch a screening of this film on a wide screen. What a treat!

Unfortunately, it wasn't the best print; lots of dust and scratches on reel changes, and the colors were quite faded, but these films simply must be seen on a wide screen with an audience to be truly appreciated. Of course, almost any movie is improved by seeing it at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, and I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity.

Lauren Bacall has always been one of my favorite actors, and she and Powell do work wonderfully together. Monroe is also, always a delight - I think that she was a much better actress than she is generally given credit for. However, though I've seen this movie close to a dozen times before, I was really struck at the wonderful performance that Grable turned in. She was perfect! I haven't seen much of her other work, but in HTMAM, she shows herself to be a wonderful comedic actress, playing a "dim blonde" who really isn't that dim. What a revelation and what a delight.

I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone who likes old movies, but if you have a chance to catch it on a real movie screen - DO SO! You won't be disappointed.


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