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on 12 February 2011
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 millionaire husbands.

The cast is fine in this film with Bacall taking on the role of "leader" of the girls. She is the brains and has the great idea of selling the furniture in the flat to keep the cash coming in. Monroe is funny in her role as a short-sighted bimbo who keeps walking into things and she manages to carry it off in a way that's funny and not irritating. Grable is slightly brash and manages to be focused on snagging a rich guy but constantly getting disappointed. She has a funny moment where she can't recognize a Harry James tune on the radio - Harry James was her real-life husband. Bacall has a moment like this where she mentions that she is crazy about the guy in "The African Queen" - her real-life husband Humphrey Bogart. William Powell is good in his role as "JD Hanley" - sophisticated and world-weary and he allows us to understand that he can always survive a disappointment. I have to say that I didn't care much for Tom Brookman who plays "Cameron" and is a potential suitor for Lauren Bacall. He somehow doesn't quite fit. He seems more of a rebellious John Garfield type that just does his own thing in a not particularly very nice manner.

Unfortunately, the film wasn't as entertaining as I had expected. After a dreary start - we have to listen to an orchestra playing the whole of a repetitive tune for at least 5 minutes, we then cut to a montage of New York locations. The film doesn't actually start until after the first 10 minutes! Once it gets going, the film is watchable, Monroe providing the best moments but somewhere along the way, it loses steam. It is actually a relief to reach the end of the film. Still, it's OK entertainment with William Powell and Marilyn Monroe making things watchable. Check out the peculiar fashions of the day in the totally pointless fashion show sequence.
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