GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1953) C 91m dir: Howard Hawks
w/Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid, Tommy Noonan, George "Foghorn" Winslow, Marcel Dalio, Taylor Holmes, Norma Varden, Howard Wendell
An elaborate, gaudy screen version of the Joseph Field-Anita Loos 1949 Broadway musical about two show biz beauties (Russell and Monroe) on the prowl en route to Paris. Russell is at her best: lovely, wittily sarcastic, and protective of little "sister" Marilyn. Monroe is simply dynamite: sexy, funny, and vulnerable. Hawks' direction gives them just the leeway they need. Great fun.
From Variety's review of the film: "Together, the two femmes are the picture's outstanding assets. Jane Russell is a standout and handles the lines and songs with a comedy flair she has previously demonstrated. Marilyn Monroe matches with a newly displayed ability to sex a song as well as point up the eye values of a scene by her presence.
"The big production number in the presentation is 'Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend,' flashily presented by Monroe and a male line against a vivid red backdrop. ...
"Charles Coburn is in fine form as the diamond tycoon with an eye for dames, Reid and Noonan carry off the romantic male spots nicely. Little George Winslow's big voice in a little body provides a comedy contrast to Monroe's little girl voice in a big girl's body for his two scenes with her."