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How To Marry A Millionaire [DVD]

Marilyn Monroe , Betty Grable , Jean Negulesco    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall, William Powell, Rory Calhoun
  • Directors: Jean Negulesco
  • Producers: Nunnally Johnson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 22 May 2006
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007RUSK8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,880 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Nunnally Johnson's Broadway comedy How to Marry a Millionaire was brought to the big screen by director Jean Negulesco and built around a trio of female stars, Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable. They play friends who come up with a plan to find and marry rich men: they rent a lavish penthouse and use it as their launching pad to lure men with money in the bank. But each eventually finds that love is more important that material possessions, though it takes a while. One running joke has Monroe so insecure about her looks that she refuses to wear glasses, though this means she bumps into furniture and walls. The other has Bacall rejecting suitor Cameron Mitchell because he doesn't wear a tie, assuming this means he's low-class--when, in fact, he's the Donald Trump of 1954. Pre-feminist comedy captures the mindset of an era in which women's identities were based on the men they married. It has its moments, but much of the humour seems dated, though its take on sexual politics is occasionally acute. --Marshall Fine,

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3 beautiful models, looking for the man.. and the money of their dreams.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make 'em like this anymore! 18 Mar 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Grable, Monroe and Bacall in one film? Hollywood couldn't afford to do that these days. But in this piece of CinemaScope history, you can lose yourself in this expensively mounted comedy of three models in search of millionaire husbands in New York. Bacall is the brains of the trio, renting a plush Sutton Place appartment as a trap to lure wealthy suitors. Monroe is a myopic bubblehead who refuses to wear her glasses in the company of men, which causes her to bump into waiters and walls,and ends up on the wrong plane, thus meeting her own "millionaire." Grable as the slightly overaged model has some great lines (and her legs still fabulous) as she goes off to Maine and find loves in penniless Rory Calhoun. Great fun - great girls - and great leading me in Calhoun, Cameron Mitchell, and David Wayne. Also great is the fact that are now stocking these classics in the Pal System, which makes it easier for European fans to purchase. Well done.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sparkling Hollywood Gem Restored! 14 Nov 2005
"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. This causes the only real problem for me, which is a lack of close-up's. This is something nearly all other Cinemascope pictures fall victim to. The only other possible complaint about the movie is that it's quite slow moving, but then so are nearly all other films from this time so it's perhaps not a very fair criticism.
So, all things considered, "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. This DVD offers a wonderful restoration of a true Hollywood gem that remains as sparkly and fabulous as it must have been 50 years ago.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 little vixens are we 10 Oct 2010
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ok sexual politics aside, this is fabulous and the comic timing and part of monroe is hysterical.bacall is dry and dressed to the nines.grable is actually toned down from her usual brash self and is all the better for it.This movie is choc full of clothes changes for the leading ladies (well this was the 50's)and visually the whole film is a treat.the male leads (the whole premise of the film) definately play second fiddle here.if ever your down this movie will lift you up in no time, even if there is more depth to be found in the froth of a cappuccino!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ladies of Sutton Place 27 Jun 2007
The title of the movie says it all; it is not exactly the movie a modern day feminist would like to see; then again it stars some of greatest women of Hollywood. The main attraction of the movie are; Schatze Page (Lauren Bacall), Pola Debevoise (Marilyn Monroe), and Loco Dempsey (Betty Grable). This romantic comedy is set in Manhattan about three women who team up with an elaborate scheme to lure wealthy men with an intention to marry them. They rent a penthouse, sell the furniture that doesn't belong to them, and use the funds to support themselves. Schatze is the team leader who is smart and all brains; other two are ditsy blondes. Schatze has her eyes set on an elderly, charming and wealthy widower J.D. Hanley (William Powell), at the same time ignores the advances of a young man by the name of Tom Brookman (Cameron Mitchell) whom she thinks is a poor "gas pump jockey." The three ladies meet men of their dreams; the gold digger's plans go awry when the two blondes fall in love with men who are poor, and they desperately try to stop each other from marrying the wrong men. At the end the two blondes end up marrying these men in the name of love. Schatze hits the jackpot; when Hanley offers to marry her; she has a change of heart, and she finds that she will be marrying Tom who is not poor as she always suspected, but a millionaire. Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, and Betty Grable deliver the best performances of their careers as "desperate women," but Lauren Bacall is a clincher, and most impressive in the number one spot. This movie was directed by Jean Negulesco, who also directed movies such as, Johnny Belinda (1948), Best of Everything (1959), Titanic (1953), and The Rains of Ranchipur (1955). This movie was produced and written by Nunnally Johnson who wrote successful movies such as, The Dirty Dozen (1967), Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962), and Jesse James (1939).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good film, with a 'Happy Ending' which in my ...
This is a definite 'Feel Good' factor film, all three leading ladies complimented each other
exactly what you would expect from such actresses. Read more
Published 8 days ago by anna
5.0 out of 5 stars FILM
Published 19 days ago by Mrs. F. F. Box
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend it to all fans of Monroe, Grable & Bacall.
I suppose I am a fan of Marilyn Monroe as a great many people my age are. There are only one or two of her movies I am not fond of but this is not one of them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by r a price
4.0 out of 5 stars romantic comedy
This was the first Cinemascope film to be completed but the second to be released as The Robe was considered to be a bigger box office attraction. Read more
Published 2 months ago by vistavision
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a classic
Funny, stylish, lots of pretty women having fun trying to catch themselves a rich man... One seems much more concerned with food. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jodie
5.0 out of 5 stars Languages & Verdict
DVD Zone 2

Ratio of the feature film:
2.55:1 (original ratio) - 16/9 encoding

Languages of the feature film:
Dolby 4.0: English
Dolby 2. Read more
Published on 5 Dec 2011 by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Grable vs monroe
It was 1952 spyros skouros green lighted htmam for darryl zanuck, it was to star monroe, jane russell and bacall. Read more
Published on 29 Nov 2011 by BETTY GRABLE
3.0 out of 5 stars Creamy
This film is about 3 girls with stupid names. Schatze (Lauren Bacall), Pola (Marilyn Monroe) and Loco (Betty Grable) rent a New York apartment with the aim of attracting... Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2011 by Alex da Silva
5.0 out of 5 stars Posh girls
I lost my old video of this film and enjoyed seeing it again. Lovely romp through
fities style and humour.
Published on 28 Jun 2010 by Mrs. B. M. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn's gift to myopic girls
The reason I love this film so much is because I have a spectacle prescription of -10, and the eternally sexy Marilyn Monroe is playing a girl with eyesight like mine, thereby... Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2009 by Ariadne Tampion
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