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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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Modern Sophisticated Comedy With All the Magic Scope of CinemaScope See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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

This film features approximately 254 shots over 88 minutes of action. Thus on average each shot lasts about 21 seconds. This is quite high, even for 1953. See more »

Goofs

When Schatze is walking up and down on the roof her shadow isn't matching the shadows on the buildings behind - her shadow falls the opposite way due to the lighting not matching the supposed position of the sun. See more »

Quotes

Schatze Page: A character straight out of character-ville.
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Connections

Referenced in Confessions of a Window Cleaner (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Lovely Lady
(uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
[In the score during the fashion showing]
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"Wealthy men are never old."
4 February 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

The opening prologue is an orchestra performance that has nothing to do with the rest of the movie. I began to wonder if I was watching the wrong movie. I've read they did this because it was the first movie shot in Cinemascope and they wanted to highlight the new stereophonic sound system. Seems to me it was unnecessary but times were different then I guess. Anyway, the plot is about three women on the hunt for husbands. Naturally, they would prefer rich husbands. Lauren Bacall plays the leader of the three -- she's the smart, sophisticated one. Betty Grable plays the ditzy, naïve one. A role Marilyn Monroe probably would have played just a few years later due to typecasting. Here Marilyn plays a sort of middleground between Bacall and Grable's characters. Not too bright and not too dumb. She wears glasses but frequently takes them off because she thinks men don't like girls who wear glasses. There are several amusing gags that come as a result of her poor eyesight. All three ladies are beautiful, of course. They are also very funny and immensely appealing. The men in the film are pretty good, too. Even the ones playing jerks, like the great Fred Clark. Cameron Mitchell, David Wayne, and Rory Calhoun play the three primary love interests and are all likable. William Powell, in his second-to-last film, is as classy as they come. The themes are a little dated but it's all light and fluffy so nothing to get indignant about, for those of you who might. It's a fun, enjoyable romantic comedy. Fans of the three leads will love it most.


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