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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes [DVD] [1953]

Marilyn Monroe , Jane Russell , Howard Hawks    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Charles Coburn
  • Directors: Howard Hawks
  • Format: PAL, Full Screen, Colour, Subtitled, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, German, Croatian, Czech, Danish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 22 May 2006
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007RUSJE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,408 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Anita Loos' old story from the 1920s about a pair of single women in search of husbands, gets a makeover in Howard Hawks' 1953 musical. The remake stars Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe as two friends who go to Paris looking for mates. The film is charged by Hawks's stylish snap, a famous set piece or two (Monroe descending that staircase while singing "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend"), Russell's wit and songs by Leo Robin and Jule Styne. The film may largely be a fluff project best remembered as a showcase for its leading actresses, but then Monroe and Russell rarely got such extended opportunities to prove that they were more than cinematic icons.--Tom Keogh,

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1950s musical comedy starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell. Accompanied by her stage partner and best friend, Dorothy Shaw (Russell), showgirl Lorelei Lee (Monroe) sets sail for Paris, where she plans to meet up with and marry her wealthy beau, Gus Esmond Jr. (Tommy Noonan). However, Lorelei's love of diamonds threatens to get both girls into a jam as Ernie Malone (Elliott Reid), the private detective hired by Mr Esmund Sr. (Taylor Holmes) to keep a close eye on his son's bride-to-be, joins them on the ship.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for any Marilyn Monroe fan! 20 Jan 2001
By A Customer
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A fun and glamourous fifties musical, with Marilyn Monroe at her most beautifal. The costumes are sensational, the songs catchy and the script is witty. Marilyn Monroe plays Lorelei Lee, a fabulous goldigging blonde and Jane Russel plays Dorothy Shaw, her steady companion. When the pair go to Paris to wait for Lorelei's millionaire fiance, there's bound to be trouble when Lorelei sets eyes on a glorious diamond tiara.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentlemen prefer Blondes 13 Nov 2009
I think this is the best film that Marilyn Monroe made. Both stars give excellent performances with M Monroe having some v funny and well acted lines. Glamorous film overall with lavishly produced sets and costumes. Worth a watch as a comedy even if you are not a Marilyn Monroe fan. Last singing scene with 'Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend' worth the price of the DVD on it's own.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an absolute gem! 22 Oct 2012
By schumann_bg TOP 100 REVIEWER
Many people seem to focus, understandably, on Marilyn Monroe in their response to this film, but actually Jane Russell is just as good and together they make one of the best double acts in all cinema. The Monroe role could easily seem calculating in other hands, whereas here Lorelei manages to be - against all the odds - likeable as well, because she is so transparent, and shows a mixture of dimness with the odd flash of insight that is really quite endearing. It's an amazing thing to pull off, as is Russell's much more wised-up turn, which keeps the whole film grounded - even though we are on a boat for much of the time! The unlikelihood of such a friendship is actually one of the more realistic aspects of the whole caper, because all of it is really very camp and silly, right down to the outfits - although these are beautifully colour-coordinated. A high point in this department is Russell's swimsuit with matching short coat she wears on deck, or Monroe's bright orange number she wears for dinner, causing 'Piggy' to stop mid-sentence at the table and causing his wife to interject matter-of-factly: Finish your story, dear ... with a marvellous 'turning a blind eye' knowingness in her tone. Or there are the priceless flesh-coloured shorts worn by the entire Olympic swimming team as Russell swishes her tennis racquet and prances about between rows of bending and stretching athletes and sings Ain't there anyone here for love? It is her romantic feeling for the understated detective (Elliott Reid), who is clearly enamoured of her too, that gives the film its only 'real' feeling, and this is beautifully judged, as is the performance by Charles Coburn which stays just on the right side of sleazy. All credit must go to Anita Loos as well for writing such great lines, and the musical numbers are superb - the whole film sparkles from start to finish.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classy chassis 4 Oct 2010
Classic,classic movie with marylyn monroe singing "diamonds are a girls best friend" (eat your hearts out nicole and madonna!) and the stunning jane russell who more than holds her own here,especially during the outrageous "any one here for love"number.(Her tumbling into the pool, i believe,was an accident but they kept it in and if you look closely at miss russell then you can tell).Both actresses are at their comedy best here.One of those one-off movies that (hopefully)no one will dare to make a remake of.The BEST!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn at her most gorgeous 4 Mar 2012
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Marilyn is at her most gorgeous in this film and there is the bonus of Jane Russell. Of course the highlight is Marilyn singing 'Diamonds are a girls best friend' but the other songs and costumes are also very good. Nice non-challenging storyline lets you focus on Marilyn.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hilarious Musical 2 July 2009
I believe this is one of the best films Marilyn Monroe ever made.
Two really beautiful girls on a luxury liner trying to find a rich man who will offer them marriage and be able to give them what every girl wants. Their different ways of trying to achieve this are amazing and extremely funny. It would be a delightful way to spend an evening.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monroe at her best 19 Mar 2006
By S. Pent
I bought this DVD as my mother and i used to watch it in the 80's and I loved it. I purchased it in 2006 (due to fond memories)and my 3 year old daughter loves it and sings to "Diamonds are a girls Best friend" all the time (her favourite song, I like Bye bye Baby).
Great songs that relate to the storyline. There is a part where Dorothy (Jane Russel) sings with the Olympic atheltes and i fast forward that (found it boring as a child, still do). Aside from that the DVD is a great buy and enjoyed by all ages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn. 31 July 2009
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This film, although not a marvelous story line, is certainly Marilyn at her best, She is certainly funny in this film and shows her talent for comedy.The dances with Jane Russell are good, and Marilyn's performance in Diamonds are a girls best friend make the film well worth
watching. One of Marilyn's best films.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended!
Very funny movie!
Published 17 days ago by Nanny 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I love this film, me and my partner love old movies and this one has something for everyone; catchy tunes, funny quips and just great chemistry between the two leading ladies,... Read more
Published 28 days ago by LEO23
5.0 out of 5 stars marilyn monroe shines
I am a mm fan for a long time and i love her in this film shes so funny a must for an mm fan
Published 4 months ago by christine
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should watch this
Truly lives up to the hype. It's a classic, with hilarious wit and satire, not to mention the amazing choreography. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Such a good film. You start out thinking they are just "dumb blondes", but they have the last laugh in the end.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING
Love Marilyn as Lorelai and Jane Russel as the take action kind of giirl :)
Love the whole movie! Awesomeness
Published 11 months ago by Begitte Panduro Andersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn
Classic film from a classic lady!! If you are a fan of Marilyn then you must but this! I loved it!
Published 12 months ago by Christine
5.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn fan
I have already seen this film, several times, but wanted to own my own copy. Good service, great film. Hope to add to my collection.
Published 12 months ago by David Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars very light-hearted
Marilyn @ her best...very frivolous and frothy...but just what the doctor ordered for a moment's relaxation.
I know that I shall watch this over & over again
Published 19 months ago by rainbowmmoon
5.0 out of 5 stars gentlemen prefer blondes blue ray
i bought gentlemen prefer blondes blue ray for my son who said he realy enjoyed the film the picture was of great quality would recommend to his friends would buy from seller again
Published 20 months ago by duckerdek
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